Friday, August 2, 2013

INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL (2008)

Hmmm.  I'm a little torn on this one.  On the one hand the story is kinda interesting (at least at the beginning) and the action is fun, but then as it goes on things start to fall apart and you got some dude swinging through the tree with a bunch of computer-generated monkeys!

1957.  Indy is kidnapped by some Russians and brought to a gigantic government warehouse in the Nevada desert.  Stuff happens and next thing you know Indy's involved with a nuclear explosion!  Once back at his teaching job, he learns from a Marlon Brando impersonator that there's some shenanigans going on with a crystal skull in Peru.  Indy goes to investigate.  All kinds of crap happens: Indians, lens flares, spaceships, floods, computer-generated ants, sword fighting, bad accents, a graveyard, motorcycle chase, car chase, quicksand.

I understand that the filmmakers were going for a kinda 50's sci-fi feel, but it didn't really settle all that well with me.  Fun first half, but it looses steam towards the end.  Worth watching, but my least favorite of the series.

Part 1 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Part 2 - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Part 3 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade