During the Cold War, Soviet agents watch Professor Henry Jones when a young man brings him a coded message from an aged, demented colleague, Henry Oxley. Led by the brilliant Irina Spalko, the Soviets tail Jones and the young man, Mutt, to Peru. With Oxley’s code, they find a legendary skull made of a single piece of quartz. If Jones can deliver the skull to its rightful place, all may be well; but if Irina takes it to its origin, she’ll gain powers that could endanger the West. Aging professor and young buck join forces with a woman from Jones’s past to face the dangers of the jungle, Russia, and the supernatural. —IMDb
Undoubtedly one of the most influential film personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is perhaps Hollywood’s best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. Spielberg has countless big-grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name, as producer, director and writer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1946. He went to California State University Long Beach, but dropped out to pursue his entertainment career. He gained notoriety as an uncredited assistant editor on the classic western “Wagon Train” (1957). Among his early directing efforts were Battle Squad (1961), which combined World War II footage with footage of an airplane on the ground that he makes you believe is moving. He also directed Escape to Nowhere (1961), which featured children as World War Two soldiers, including his sister Anne Spielberg, and The Last Gun (1959), a western. All of these were short films. The next couple of years, Spielberg directed a couple of movies that would… read more
It is amusing that a movie could incite such angry rebuke towards filmmakers whose intentions where only to please their audience. Some elements of the film are unjustly overlooked, such as the design of the Aliens, the chase sequences, Harrison Fords ability to still command the screen, villains. When I first saw it, these qualities appealed to me cause they worked. Is it a great film? Not quite but it's damn good.
This entire movie as a concession: a concession from Spielberg that the process of making summer blockbusters has become an assembly-line endeavor. No longer shot on location around the world but filmed on soundstages, steered not by creative writers and directors but by mega-producers and CGI wizards. Even though Spielberg and DOP Janusz Kaminski claim they set out to duplicate the look of the original trilogy, it feels like they gave up after the first take. The outdoor scenes are overpowered by their CGI backgrounds while the casual dialogue scenes - people talking in schoolrooms and diners - look like a melting Norman Rockwell painting.
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