Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls (2008) – 5/10 Indiana Jones science-fiction action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Steven Spielberg
Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones
Cate Blanchett: Irina Spalko
Karen Allen: Marion Ravenwood
Ray Winstone: “MAC” George Michale
John Hurt: Professor Oxley
Jim Broadbent: Dean Charles Stanforth
Igor Jijikine: Dovchenko
Shia LaBeouf: Mutt Williams
Executive Producer: George Lucas
Writer (Screenplay): David Koepp
Writer (Story): George Lucas
Writer (Story): Jeff Nathanson

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls (2008)

Indiana Jones finds himself caught up in a race against nasty commies to return a crystal skull to its rightful place whereupon the returner is rewarded with power that is out of this world.


This clumsy, awkward, unfocused, unambitious and distinctly average and, therefore, entirely unnecessary adventure proved to be chewing gum in the combined beards of Spielberg and Lucas, something they simply couldn’t get rid of until they cut it out and got in on the big screen. While the cast is good they aren’t given anything good to do and director Steven Spielberg surprisingly never suspends disbelief and is unable to disguise David Koepp’s incoherent script. This is a movie you merely watch rather than be caught up in. It feels like the awful Indiana Jones television series and not like the previous big-screen trilogy and has a climax so stupid it became instantly legendary for all the wrong reasons. Disappointing.

This movie contains mild swear words and extreme hand-to-hand violence, extremely unpleasant scenes and mild sensuality.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

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