Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Harrison Ford may be Carlos' hero but that wasn't enough to make our Teen Critic fall for Indy 4 (Paramount)
By Carlos Sepulvada
Harrison Ford remains my hero. He has proven that even at 65 he can still take a good hit to the body. As an Indiana Jones movie lover I have to admit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was a disappointment. The storyline is a little over the top, yet the action scenes are still great. Definitely a very entertaining movie to see, but when you sit back to think about it, you realize how dumb and unreal it is.
Dr. Henry Jones is once again called to the line of duty to save the world from wreckage. If I understood correctly, Dr. Jones has to get the crystal skull to a pyramid-like-ruin in Peru, where it belongs. The crystal skull has extra-ordinary psychic powers which is why the Russians are after it. He initially took the crystal skull from the Russians (which instead I would call Nazis because of how they are portrayed), and while escaping he ended up in a nuclear bomb test area. Of course the nuke deployed and Indiana Jones survives. Crazily enough. I learned that apparently refrigerators can survive a nuclear blast. In addition to storing food, they can also serve as a protective cocoon in case of an emergency. The story goes on as they embark on they're adventure to Peru.
Towards the end of the movie, the story takes a sci-fi movie approach. When you first see the skull, you automatically know it's an alien's skull right? But never do you think your going to be seeing aliens in an Indiana Jones movie! People who have seen Indiana Jones' movies know that the stories are always a little bit unrealistic, yet none have ever exaggerated this much. After the alien scene I was ready for anything -- from dinosaurs to robots. This Indy film had too much digital effects work compared to the previous films that were more credible to a certain extent. This is why I came to the conclusion that the film is a disappointment. I don't care much for Shia LaBeouf, he was great in his Disney show Even Stevens but I don't think he was the right guy for this movie. If you haven't seen Kingdom of the Crystal Skill , wait for it to come out on DVD. If you wait for it on DVD I'm sure you will have more fun looking through the special features and possible deleted scenes than just watching the film. Don't get me wrong, the movie is fun to watch, but full of non-sense.
-- Carlos Sepulveda is a senior currently attending Mount Miguel High. Carlos enjoys reading in his spare time and running. He is most interested in history, politics and world issues. Carlos likes to watch foreign films, comedies and dramas.