When viewers last saw Indiana Jones on screen, it was 1938, and the world stood on the brink of war as Dr. Jones chased down evildoers to find the Holy Grail. Nineteen years later, the archaeologist-professor is tasked to return a mysterious crystal skull that holds the key to a great treasure.
Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by George Lucas, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull takes place in 1957, during the height of the Cold War. Soviet officer Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) is relentless in pursuing Indy and kidnaps his former lover Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) to force him to do her bidding. Dr. Jones is mildly shocked when he finds out the true identity of his sidekick, the motorcycle-riding Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf).
The fourth installment of this adventure series takes Indy and his cohorts around the globe as they decipher clues left behind by Dr. Jones's colleague Harold Oxley (John Hurt). The crystal skull of Akator (also known as El Dorado or the City of Gold) proves to be an out-of-this world artifact that has the potential to give its owner unspeakable power.
At 66, Harrison Ford shows that he still has what it takes to be an action hero. The fit actor dons his typical costume and does the familiar swagger to dish out some sarcasm for his new sidekick played by Shia LaBeouf. The latter seems just as wide-eyed as his character in Transformers but this time, he shows more backbone.
Cate Blanchett is an absolute scene stealer as the domineering military woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it.
Nostalgic viewers might want to watch this latest Indiana Jones flick just for old times' sake but the addition of extra-terrestrial elements seems odd. Certain sequences are far-fetched so it pays to just enjoy the CGI effects and the grand production design of the movie.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull might be a favorite whipping boy for most die-hard Indy fans but it still an entertaining action film that is well-worth watching on the big screen.