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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - Review

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is the fourth instalment in the Indy series. The movieonce again brings together the three biggies, Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and George Lucas who gave us the first three thrilling movies and are now back together after 19 years for the fourth flick.

The movie, which is set in 1957, revolves around how Indiana Jones and Mutt evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an adventurous trail of mystery, fight with enemies and sometimes, even friends, to stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the wrong hands.

The movie begins with Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) being captured by the Soviets. They take him and his assistant Mac (Ray Winstone) to a warehouse (remember Raiders of the Lost Ark?) to hunt for some artifacts. But Indian Jones as usual escapes from their clutches. But this adventure negatively affects his job in the Marshall College. He is forced to quit his job as a professor. During this time, he hears about the disappearance of his colleague Oxley (John Hurt). Oxley was searching for one of the most spectacular archeological finds in history -- the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear.

Indy then joins forces with rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who believes he knows the whereabouts of the skull. So the duo sets out for the most remote corners of Peru to find the skull. But they are not the only ones in this land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumoured city of gold. Also interested in this crystal skull are Soviet agents. The agents are headed by an icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). She, along with her military unit, is searching the globe for the fascinating Crystal Skull. The agents believe that with the skull and its secrets, they would be able to dominate the world.

The action sequences in the movie are simply spectacular and bring back memories of Raiders of the Last Ark. Harrison Ford, despite his age, brings to Indy the same vigour and power that he did almost two decades ago. The actor has completely immersed himself in the role and it is impossible to imagine any one else in the role. As the chief Dr. Spalko, Cate Blanchett is her sexiest and scariest best. Shia as Mutt is very good and proves a worthy accomplice to Indy's adventures.

John Hurt and Ray Winstone play their parts well. And, of course, there is Karen Allen who returns as Marion, Indian Jones' love interest. Age has not affected her energy and vigour and it is great to see her again

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