MOVIE: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Here’s the synopsis of the upcoming movie:*This newest adventure begins in the desert Southwest in 1957 – the height of the Cold War. Indy and his sidekick Mac (Ray Winstone) have barely escaped a close scrape with nefarious Soviet agents on a remote airfield.

Now, Professor Jones has returned home to Marshall College – only to find things have gone from bad to worse. His close friend and dean of the college (Jim Broadbent) explains that Indy’s recent activities have made him the object of suspicion, and that the government has put pressure on the university to fire him. On his way out of town, Indiana meets rebellious young Mutt (Shia LaBeouf), who carries both a grudge and a proposition for the adventurous archaeologist: If he’ll help Mutt on a mission with deeply personal stakes, Indy could very well make one of the most spectacular archaeological finds in history – the Crystal Skull of Akator, a legendary object of fascination, superstition and fear.

But as Indy and Mutt set out for the most remote corners of Peru – a land of ancient tombs, forgotten explorers and a rumored city of gold – they quickly realize they are not alone in their search. The Soviet agents are also hot on the trail of the Crystal Skull. Chief among them is icy cold, devastatingly beautiful Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), whose elite military unit is scouring the globe for the eerie Crystal Skull, which they believe can help the Soviets dominate the world … if they can unlock its secrets.

Indy and Mutt must find a way to evade the ruthless Soviets, follow an impenetrable trail of mystery, grapple with enemies and friends of questionable motives, and, above all, stop the powerful Crystal Skull from falling into the deadliest of hands. *Does this sound a lot like Temple of Doom? Granted I haven’t seen it forever, but Indiana has a sidekick again? And instead of searching for Christian relics (Ark, Grail - which marked the greater success of the 1st and 3rd films), he’s going for something more superstitious? I guess it remains to be seen how the treatment is within the film.

I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing this. I too was a bit disappointed there wasn’t a Christian theme to it, but ah well - it is a movie after all.

I’m looking forward to it as well.

Wow, it’s been that long. I think I still have that movie stub somewhere in my desk… :rolleyes:

All things being equal, Mutt seems like he’ll be a better side-kick than Short Round.:wink:

My understanding was that they would have had eternal life had they remained within the cavern and not crossed the seal. I remember the knight saying that that was the price of immortality. Thus, in leaving the cave, they forfeited their immortality. That’s how I’ve always looked at it anyway. :shrug:

My husband said the same thing about the immortality issue. He reminded me about the knight saying you couldn’t cross the seal.

When I saw the trailer, I too thought it sounded an awful lot like Temple of Doom. But I love Harrison Ford, and Indy, and will probably see the movie. Saw a print ad for it, and HF is looking pretty good for being in his 60s!

Well, if they follow the trend, maybe the next Indiana Jones movie will have a Christian theme. :slight_smile:

(Christian, non-Christian, Christian, non-Christian,…)

My understanding was that they would have had eternal life had they remained within the cavern and not crossed the seal. I remember the knight saying that that was the price of immortality. Thus, in leaving the cave, they forfeited their immortality.

That’s correct.

I really liked the Choosing Which Grail part of the last movie. That really said quite a bit. Pass on the gold ones but take the plain, unadorned wooden one. :cool: :thumbsup:

Ummmmmm…? :ehh:


I think it looks more like Raiders than Temple of Doom. In Temple, they weren’t really trying to find anything, it was just kind of random.

Temple was all running for their lives.

It was my understanding that the Grail could not pass the seal, hence when Elsa crossed the Seal holding the Grail, the temple began to crumble. I don’t think the immortality had anything to do with crossing the seal.
But maybe I need to watch it again…

I never thought it was wooden, at least not on the inside. It looks like it is still inlaid with gold. :shrug: It is plain and unadorned, though. :wink:

I simply meant that the object of Indiana’s quest is something Christian in the first and third movies, and something non-Christian in the second and fourth movies.

Not quite accurate as the Ark is Hebrew not Christian.

I understand what you’re saying, but I wouldn’t say that they’re mutually exclusive (and I would never say that the Ark is “not Christian”). The ark precedes Christ, but it is in the Old Testament and the history of Israel is still “ours”, too. Since we believe that the events of the Old Testament are leading towards Christ and many events, people, and objects prefigure Christ, I don’t think it’s incorrect to refer to those as Christian.

I guess I just think of anything in Scripture as being Christian.

Okay, we now return to our regularly scheduled topic! :wink:

I know what you mean, but the Ark is also in Revelation. :slight_smile: (and it’s Mary :dancing: )

I agree, to an extent. It’s just that whenever I think of the Ark of the Covenant, I think of the Blessed Mother.

Anyhoo, what Christian artifact would be a good choice for this future IJ movie? It’s difficult, because what is greater than the Holy Grail?


I had the same thought. Maybe the true cross (or at least a sizeable chunk of it)?

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