A Reel Life film section
Issue: Autumn 2008
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie review
The Adventurer's Apprentice
Indy's back. Thrust from his safe and comfortable academic life he is dragged into a new adventure by a young man who needs Indy's help to rescue the boy's mother and the man who helped raise him -- people from Indy's own past.
Harrison Ford's days as an action hero are a memory, these days he needs a youngster to do the stunts. The swagger is slower and the Nazis have been replaced by Russians, and this time the artefact could well be alien in origin.
Timothy Train writes:
It's more creatively free, as it comes after the end of the Indy 'trilogy' (even if it wasn't intended as such). The atom bomb scene was incredulous but also incredible, and forms a neat formal bookend to the film just as the flying saucer scene at the end formed a bookend. The inclusion of aliens (rather than the usual fantasy trope) reminds just how good and shrewd Spielberg is at recognising and using modern mythology, and I seem to remember the chase sequence in the film has some very imaginative and creative concepts. A good way to develop the Indy character, I think.
It's one more plunge into the supernatural, a touch of romanace, a pinch of friendship and a smudge of story. But what the heck, the Indiana Jones series has never pretended to be more than a contemporary cinematic serial.
by Ali Kayn
David Koepp also wrote Spider-man (2002), Mission Impossible (1996), Jurassic Park (1993), Death Becomes Her (1992), The Mummy (2017)
George Lucas also wrote/created Star Wars (1977) etc
Steven Spielberg also wrote Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), The Fabelmans (2022)
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Just the facts:
Title: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The Players: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent, Alan Dale
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