Indiana Jones 4 - Crystal Skull - Summary

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is an adventure, science-fiction film. It is the fourth film in the Indiana Jones series, created by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg.  

Indiana Jones, a beloved cinematic archaeologist, is in for a wild adventure in his fourth film.  Narrowly escaping a nuclear explosion, he searches for a crystal skull with magical powers.  Along the way, he finds himself in restricted territory (at Area 51), views the mysterious Nazca Lines (in Peru) and ends up at the stunningly beautiful Iguazu Falls (at the border of Argentina and Brazil). 

This story provides a bit of background on each of those subjects.

The movie begins in 1957 during the Cold War. Soviet agents kidnap World War II veteran, Dr. Henry Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), and his partner, George "Mac" McHale (Ray Winstone). The Soviet agents are led by Colonel Dr. Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett). The Soviets break into "Warehouse 51" in Nevada. 

The agents force Jones to find a crate containing the remains of an alien that crashed ten years earlier near Roswell, New Mexico. Jones finds the crate, with its highly magnetic contents. Mac, bribed by the Soviets, double-crosses Jones.

After a running battle with the Soviets, Indiana manages to escape on a rocket sled into the desert. He stumbles into a deserted town, which is part of a nuclear test site. Jones survives a nuclear detonation by hiding in a lead-lined refrigerator. 

Jones then travels to the Nazca Lines in Peru to rescue his colleague, Harold Oxley (John Hurt). Kidnappers took Oxley after he discovers a crystal skull in Peru.

The legend of the skull is that it gives whoever owns it supernatural powers when returned to its city. Jones goes on a mission to save Oxley and get the skull. His former girlfriend, Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), and son, Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) help Jones. 

In this story behind the movie, find out the real story about crystal skulls. Learn about atomic weapons and what you should do if you see the "flash" of an atomic bomb. Analyze the information available about Area 51 to decide what (if anything) the government is hiding. View Nazca Lines in Peru and the cities of the Maya civilization. And ... take a tour of one of the most spectacular water falls in the world, the Iguazu Falls. 

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: May 01, 2008

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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