'Crystal Skull' proves Dr. Jones
& friends -- and Ford -- have still got it
By Sara Anderson
May 27, 2008 | Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of
the Crystal Skull (released May 22) is rated
PG-13 for adventure violence and scary images.
This film is a classic wrapped in new paper. This
is not your typical Indiana Jones movie. The movie has
adventure, love and even a twist on Indiana's family.
It's clean and entertaining.
The opening of the movie is set in the deserts of
Nevada near the infamous Area 51. We get a brief tour
of the secret Area 51 as Indiana is forced to help find
an artifact he had helped research years ago. The crystal
skull is more than just an artifact; it is actually
the skull of an extraterrestrial.
Believe me, I'm intrigued by aliens and in another
movie and another time it would have been interesting,
but this plot is not your typical Indiana Jones movie.
Search for the Golden City -- yes, surviving a nuclear
explosion in a refrigerator -- maybe, but space ships
-- no way, unfortunately true. The crystal skull is
powerful and all knowing, and the Communist Russians
seek to possess as much of this power as possible.
Some punches and other sound effects are a little
cheesy, but stick to the whole Indiana Jones theme.
The movie did an excellent job of maintaining that classic
feeling and added old, familiar special effects for
If only we could pull off in real life the stunts
in this movie. The special effects and stunts were pretty
intense and hard to believe, but actor Harrison Ford
made it look easy. Let's just say, he's still got it.
An intriguing battle of guns, swords and wrestling while
jumping from car to car is the least we can expect from
the professor and friends.
A fresh face, but not so new, Shia LaBeouf made an
impressive appearance and has only climbed up my scale
with this movie. He fit this part great and has only
continued to prove himself in Hollywood. His hot-shot
personality is a perfect match for a side kick to Indiana
With a few family twists, betrayal, and discovery,
this movie makes for an excellent choice. Expect the
classic, but stay open minded for new adventures.
Thanks to University 6.