December 10, 2007, - 1:00 pm

New Indiana Jones Movie Plot Revealed

By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re a fan of the Indiana Jones movies–as I am–then you’ll be interested in the plot for the latest–and, perhaps, last–installment: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” It will be hard to believe a 65-year-old Jones doing stunts, etc., but perhaps he will get away with it as Sylvester Stallone kinda did with “Rocky Balboa.” The movie, scheduled for release in theaters in late May 2008, employs one of the same tricks as the sixth “Rocky”–flashbacks to the previous movies.
Here’s the scoop:

When last we saw Indy, he was riding off into the sunset in 1989’s The Last Crusade, set in 1938 near the start of World War II. The new movie, due this spring, is set at the height of the Cold War in 1957, so the character has aged in real time – 19 years.


“He’s teaching and having kind of a quiet life,” the producer says. Once the archaeologist is thrust back into danger, the signature Indiana Jones red line tracing across the map will take him to New Mexico, Connecticut, Mexico City and the jungles of Peru.
Despite all the gray-hair jokes (Harrison Ford is 65), Indy is still swinging from dangerous precipices and absorbing punches.
“Indy’s a fallible character. He makes mistakes and gets hurt. He has a few more aches and pains now,” Marshall says. “That’s the other thing people like: He’s a real character, not a character with superpowers.”
The Nazis are no longer Indy’s chief foe – he’s racing for the Crystal Skull against operatives from the Soviet Union, including Oscar winner Cate Blanchett as the seductive Agent Spalko. “Indy always has a love-hate relationship with every woman he ever comes in contact with,” Marshall says.
Ray Winstone, currently the star of Beowulf, co-stars as an unethical rival archaeologist. Transformers star Shia LaBeouf sports greaser hair and rides a motorcycle as the hero’s sidekick.
The Last Crusade concluded without a cliffhanger, but Crystal Skull will revisit bits from other films, including Karen Allen’s feisty Marion Ravenwood from 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The artifact of the title is inspired by real quartz sculptures of disputed origins that are carved in a way that defies the natural structure of the crystal.

Sounds interesting.
Too bad Indie likely doesn’t live long enough to be believable doing digs in the modern Middle East and fighting off terrorists, but hey, he’d be in his 90s or hundreds or something like that, by then.
The Cold War will probably do, so long as he doesn’t make us morally equivalent to the Commies, as at least one Harrison Ford movie did previously.

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5 Responses

Debbie, if I remember “The last Crusade” correctly, Indy drank from the Holy Grail and that was supposed to have made him immortal. Who knows what we might yet see. 😉

Witch-king of Angmar on December 10, 2007 at 1:28 pm

Witch-king: Yeah, but I think they would only be immortal as long as they stayed in the temple where they found the cup.
I’m looking forward to this movie, although, I’m kind of worried about the Shia LaBeouf character. Didn’t they learn from the Short-Round character how annoying a younger side kick can be? I am looking forward to seeing the return of Marion, regardless of her being a lot older now.

TubeSteak on December 10, 2007 at 2:51 pm

No surprise here. Movie based on Upton Sinclair novel.
Sinclair, of course, was uber-socialist (really a commie, but bios are too polite to say this) and foaming at the mouth atheist.
Among other things, he was one of the idiots who proclaimed the innocence of the obviously guilty Sacco and Vanzetti–I presume because they were anarchists. Some claim he knew they were guilty when he wrote his book defending them.
All in all a real piece of dreck and thus loved by Hollywood and the Left.

Red Ryder on December 10, 2007 at 3:24 pm

Sorry folks. Above post should (and now does) appear on “There will be blood” piece.

Red Ryder on December 10, 2007 at 3:27 pm

Gee, I was hoping Indie would next find Noah’s ark, or the garden of Eden (the ultimate archaeological find). They did give a hint at digging aroung in Turkey in the last film.
Oh well, hopefully this one will be an exciting stick in Bulganin’s eye!
Happy Hannuka, and Merry Christmas to all!

timjansing on December 12, 2007 at 11:00 pm

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