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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  • Drama
  • 2008
  • Steven Spielberg
  • 117 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Period action adventure starring Harrison Ford, Ray Winstone, Cate Blanchett and Shia LaBeouf. Nevada in the late 1950s: intrepid archaeologist Indiana Jones finds himself up to his neck in trouble again when he encounters Irina Spalko and a gang of Soviet agents at a military base in the desert. However, this is only the start of a series of adventures that will take Indy deep into the Amazon jungle in search of a mysterious crystal skull.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Almost 19 years after the release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas exhume their globe-trotting archaeologist for another crack of the whip. It's now 1957, and Professor Jones (Harrison Ford) is bundled out of a car boot with his cockney sidekick "Mac" (Ray Winstone). After an explosive and chilling opening at a nuclear test site in the Nevada desert, Indy's latest quest begins via an exhilarating motorbike chase through a university campus. The sought-after prize is the fabled Crystal Skull of Akator and, this being the Cold War era, the baddies are the Soviets, led by Cate Blanchett. Then it's all aboard for more of the same Saturday matinée thrills that helped make the franchise so successful: a multi-vehicle pursuit through the Amazon jungle; giant ants; umpteen secret passageways; and even alien visitors. Though exhausting and relentless, it's hard to dislike, thanks to Ford's weary charm, his leather-jacketed new wingman Shia LaBeouf, and an emphasis on pleasingly "old school" stuntwork.

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Credits

Cast

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Indiana JonesHarrison Ford
Irina SpalkoCate Blanchett
George "Mac" McHaleRay Winstone
Mutt WilliamsShia LaBeouf
Professor "Ox" OxleyJohn Hurt
Marion RavenwoodKaren Allen
Dean Charles StanforthJim Broadbent
DovchenkoIgor Jijikine
General RossAlan Dale (2)
Russian soldierAndrew Divoff

Crew

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DirectorSteven Spielberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Paramount
Released on
2008-05-23
Guidance
Edited for content
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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