Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent, Karen Allen, John Hurt|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Original title||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull|
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Nov 2008|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
After twenty years, Harrison Ford's adventurer/archaeologist returns to the big screen...
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Welcome back Indy...now please go away again.By Meako (59 reviews) from Sheffield , 21 May 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]The fourth installment in the Indiana Jones series was never going to be able to stand up to expectations or anticipation. After all the original trilogy are much loved treasures, where even the weakest film (Temple of Doom) is immensely rewatchable and exciting. Since this fourth entry was announced there has been plenty of rants and issues bandied around online, from the ditching of Frank Darabont's perfect (according to Spielberg and Ford) script when Lucas decided he didn't like it, to the casting of Shia La Bouf in the role of Mutt, to the chosen title for the film. Everybody has been waiting for the film to arrive, sharpening their knives ready to carve it up and spit out the remains.
The good news is that it isn't as bad as it could have been. The bad news is that it fails to match even Temple Of Doom in tone, feel, excitment, or story. This Indiana Jones film is simply just another summertime event movie, lacking in the magic that made the first three so memorable. Simply put, this is not really an Indiana Jones film.
The problems are many. The story is lacking any bite, being more an excuse to string together a spectacular array of action sequences in the hope of offering cheap thrills. The cast are alright, but nothing to write home about. Cate Blanchett struggles with an accent that slips through all of Eastern Europe, then through Western Europe for good measure. The continuity editor seemed to have taken a vacation at many points through the film, with shirts changing colour, jeeps growing their windscreens back, and people changing positions constantly during chase scenes. Add to all this some lazy directing by Spielberg, who seems to be off his game, and an overuse of CGI throughout. The early part of the film loves to put nodding references to the earlier films, but they begin to feel forced and stale pretty quick.
With regards to the direction, Spielberg just doesn't seem to be bothered with the film. Perhaps after Lucas put the block on the first script and cobbled his own story together, Spielberg simply chose to just accept Lucas' ideas and go with it in fear of never making the film. This may explain why he is in Jurrassic Park 2 mode here, delivering a reasonable thrill-ride, but one which lacks that sparkle.
Rest assured that the film is a far cry better than the sub-Indy throne stealers of recent years, such as National Treasure or The Mummy, but it doesn't come anywhere close to matching the fun and thrills, and indeed heart, of the other three films. Perhaps this is more indictive of the state of the film industry these days, where a film must deliver action sequences every 10 minutes in fear of losing the audience (Raiders, for example, is decidedly sparse on action, focussing a lot more on the adventure).
Whatever the reasons for the film's uninspired result, it is nice to see Indy back again. Now, hopefully, he will go away again and we can let him rest.
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Different Enemys same Good Old FormulaBy a customer , 02 Sep 2012Unlike its predecessors, this Indy film is set in the cold war with Russian KGB agents as the enemy. So, from 1930's Nazis to 1950's KGB agents. But the formula is still the same good old Indian Jones one we all love. In my oppinion this is the second best of the four Indiana Jones films to have been made. It is only beaten by the Last Crusade.
I would love to see more like it.
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Skull AttackBy a customer , 27 Aug 2012See one and you've seen them all - unless you feel that the devil is in the detail. Harmless enough - if you can spare the time.
Utter RubbishBy a customer , 07 Apr 2012This was one of the worst action films I have ever seen. The story was utter rubbish and the acting as wooden as wooden can be. Harrison Ford is laughable as he is so old and wooden - time he did someting else. Do yourself a favour and give this a big fat NO!
Indi starts well - then he slides badlyBy Bluejuice (18 reviews) from Ringwood , 19 Jan 2012The legion that is Indiana Jones has a bit of a bad day at the office unfortunately. It has all the key elements of the Raiders films.
It starts well, it's got action, great stunts and the ever faithful nasty nazi's. However the last part of the film is just poor at best.
Everyone involved is demeaned by this film, including the viewerBy Scoobs (4 reviews) from London , 12 Jan 2012A terrible, terrible film. In every possible way.
The opening scenes gave me a false promise that we were in store for some classic Indiana Jones, but, in retrospect, I should have recognised that even those scenes were a grim, tawdry pastiche of the iconic scenes from the films which went before and put Spielberg in a position to make such a lazy, humdrum movie.
Whilst still a long way behind, this film helps the director make inroads into his pal George Lucas's headstart down the pan.
I don't think it's possible to spoil the plot and make it any worse than those paid to produce it. Nevertheless I can't bring myself to convey the depths every part of this film plumbs.
If you like the other Indiana Jones films, do not watch this film: like Star Wars and the Matrix, this sequel is so bad its existence actually makes the proceeding films worse.