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Latest ‘Jones’ flick keeps legend alive

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

Apparently much has happened to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) during his 20-year screen absence. Sometime after finding the Holy Grail it seems he became Captain America, fighting Nazis in the U.S. Military and now acting as a spy against communist Russia. Not bad for a 60-year-old archeology professor, and besides, they had to fill up those missing years somehow.

Sure, Indy may move a little slower now, but he’s still Indy. There will forever be arguments about which “Indiana Jones” flick is the best, and it’s quite possible that this one won’t make the top of anyone’s list, but it may not sit at the bottom of most, either. “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” keeps the same fast-paced action, dry humor and dazzling special effects as its predecessors thanks to the same production team and, of course, Harrison Ford.

Within minutes of the movie’s start we find Indy and his spy buddy Mac (Ray Winstone) escaping from the Russians in the Nevada desert after they force him to locate an artifact that may be more alien than earthly. After that, the action never stops. Shortly after his escape Indy is confronted by a young man named Mutt (Shia LaBeouf) who tells the good doctor that a mutual friend of theirs has been kidnapped by Russians in search of … you guessed it … the Crystal Skull of Akator. The skull contains strange and awesome powers that the Russians want to use to control the world. Telling you anything more would pretty much spoil the plot ” and there’s a lot of plot to spoil in this one.

Anyway, all this is just a set up for the spectacular action that follows as the Russians and Indy’s team pursue the crystal skull. As the race heats up so does the ridiculous action sequences, but no matter how unbelievable jumping a car off a cliff and landing safely in the river below or swinging from vines like Tarzan may seem in real life, these are exactly the things we want to see in a movie like this. Indy exists to fulfill all those hero fantasies we had as children, no matter how bizarre or impossible they were. I was fine not knowing what happened to Indy after “The Last Crusade” because he was forever Indy to me, frozen in time as a legend. But now that we’re forced to know what has happened to such a legendary adventurer well past the prime of his career, you’ll be happy to know that not much has changed.

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