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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)


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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)

In the fourth entry in the action-sci-fi-adventure series, directed by Steven Spielberg - again following the exploits of globe-trotting archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford):

  • the exciting opening sequence of the kidnapped Indy, fighting off enemy Soviet agents and successfully escaping on a rocket sled from Warehouse 51, a military storage facility in the Nevada desert, propelling him through a tunnel to the outside
  • the moment that adventurous archeologist Indiana Jones realized that he was in the middle of a mock-model home-community populated with plastic dummies, during secret nuclear bomb testing in the Nevada desert in the late 50s, when he heard a warning: ("All personnel, it is now one minute to zero time. Put on goggles or turn away. Do not remove goggles or face burst until 10 seconds after first light"); as he heard the countdown, he rushed to escape by hiding inside a lead-lined refrigerator
  • the impact of the nuclear blast, sending Indy inside the refrigerator a long distance from the target, and the awe-inspiring sight of him silhouetted against the image of the nuclear explosion
  • the sequence of 'greaser' "Mutt" Williams (Shia LaBeouf) and Indiana fleeing on a motorcycle from a 50s style diner, pursued by two KGB agents in the streets of the town during an anti-Red student rally where Indiana taught at Marshall College, and into the college campus and the school's library
  • the two shocking revelations: (1) in Peru when the Russians revealed Mutt's mother was Indiana's old girlfriend/lover Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) - ("Marion Ravenwood is your mother?") - and then a second revelation (2), when both were caught in quicksand, that Mutt's real-name was Henry Jones III - Mutt was his own biological son! ("His name is Henry!...He's your son...Henry Jones the Third")
  • the spectacular chase sequence of "Mutt" in a sword duel with villainous Russian-KGB operative Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), while both were atop Jeeps racing side-by-side through the jungle, as everyone struggled to get possession of the crystal skull in a burlap bag
  • the demise of Russian Colonel Antonin Dovchenko (Igor Jijikine) - devoured in a mound of giant flesh-eating siafu ants; at first, an army of giant swarming, man-eating siafu ants covered the body of Dovchenko, then dragged his body toward their massive anthill and stuffed him into the hole head-first to be further devoured
Demise of Dovchenko
  • the exciting conclusion in the Mayan temple's inner chamber where 13 aliens ("inter-dimensional beings") with crystal skeletons (arranged in a circle) were seated (one was missing its skull); there, lead psychic Dr. Spalko and her henchmen entered with the retrieved telepathic crystal skull, that was restored back onto the spinal cord of one of the aliens; Indy sensed danger: "I've got a bad feeling about this!"
The One Missing Crystal Skull Taken From One of the 13 Alien Beings Was Restored Back Onto The Spinal Cord of One of the Aliens
Alien Figure - One of the Extra-Dimensional "Archaeologists"
  • the stunning sequence of Dr. Irina Spalko's insistent demand to have knowledge: ("Tell me everything you know. I want to know everything. I want to know...I want to know. I want to know. Tell me. I'm ready. I want to know. I can see!") - followed by her death from an overwhelming overload of knowledge, when her eyes and brain ignited and exploded, and her body disintegrated into pieces as it was absorbed into the portal that opened up around her
The Death of Dr. Spalko
"I want to know"
Igniting of Her Brain and Eye Sockets
  • the subsequent sequence of Dr. Spalko's remains and those of other henchmen taken up into a spinning vortex - sucking them into a giant spaceship (in another dimension?) above them
  • after Indy and his friends escaped from the crumbling temple, they viewed the temple from afar as it collapsed
  • the whirling, spinning flying saucer created a vortex in its ascension, and the valley floor was afterwards covered over by Amazonian waters

Indy's Escape from Warehouse 51 in Nevada Desert

Mock-Home with Plastic Mannequin Dummies

Indy Hiding in Lead-Lined Refrigerator

Indy Emerging After Nuclear Bomb Test

Motorcycle Escape Sequence with Mutt

First Revelation of Mutt's Mother: Marion

Stuck in Quicksand: The Second Revelation of Mutt's Name ("Henry Jones III")

Jeep Sword Duel:
Mutt vs. Dr. Spalko

Collapse of Temple as Alien Saucer Rotated and Ascended


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