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Indiana Jones -- Back in the saddle again

Movie Review - "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

Movie Review - "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

May 27, 2008|By EVA NIESSNER / Pulse Correspondent

It's not every actor that can go back to a role after twenty-something years and make it believable - Lindsay Lohan in "Mean Girls" comes to mind.

But Harrison Ford pulls off his classic role of Indiana Jones with vigor one doesn't expect from a man of his age.

Set in the 1950s, the fourth movie in the series tells the story of a mysterious crystal skull that, if placed back in the South American temple where it belongs, could bring its bearer limitless fortune. Indiana Jones and his '50s-greaser counterpart, Mutt (played by Shia LaBoeuf), race against the Soviet communists to find the skull and return it.

In my mind, nothing can compare with the original three "Indiana Jones" movies. Those are the films that every other action movie goes to for inspiration. And the Martian-happy special effects in "Crystal Skull" weren't really necessary.

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But as far as acting and plot lines go, "Crystal Skull" could be much, much worse. The story runs like a typical Indiana Jones movie, and the way Spielburg fills in the 20-year gap between "Crystal Skull" and the previous movie, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crudase," is fairly believable.

Was it worth my seven bucks? Sure. It's no classic, but teens and fans of the first movies will like it a lot. And hopefully, if there's going to be a fifth, they'll leave out the aliens.

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