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Your verdict: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.

CRITIC: Elise Brunton, 22, a sports journalist from Linthorpe.

REVIEW: Nearly two decades after Indy last hung up his whip and fedora, Dr Jones returns.

It's the '50s, he's got an impetuous kid in tow and he's on the hunt for an obscure mythical object. Oh and the Russians are coming!

Set against a Cold War backdrop, with a classic '50s soundtrack and a slightly skewed time-line, the action moves from the soda streams of middle America to rainforest, deserts, and a lost city.

Harrison Ford is physically fit and seems to relish slipping back into Indy's shoes. He enjoys the running about and the one-liners equally.

Shia LaBeouf is so much better than I expected, bringing the right mix of cocky greaser attitude and wide eyed innocence to his role. He's damn handy with a flick knife too.

I would have loved to see Indy senior in the movie, but you cannot make Sean Connery do anything he doesn't want to do. Karen Allen as Marion is as feisty and free-spirited as ever, providing some of the film's stand out moments.

There are definitely plot holes, silly scenes, loose ends and stunts that push the boundaries of believability, but come on, it's a ride, not a lecture!

The artefacts aren't real but Indy has become a genuine icon, part of cinematic history and I for one think Indy 4 is an entertaining romp and a worthy sequel to the trilogy.

More fun than you can shake a snake at, welcome back Dr Jones.

ELISE'S VERDICT: ****

I would have loved to see Indy senior in the movie, but you cannot make Sean Connery do anything he doesn't want to do

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 30, 2008
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