Indy's back and the question is: How does this film measure up to the three that came before it?
The operative word here is "typical" -- in that, this was a typical Indiana Jones quest with all the expected trimmings. The bad guys this time are Russians, circa 1957, led by Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett), supposedly a favorite scientist of Stalin whose specialty is the realm of the physic.
Without revealing too much of the plot, Indy is sent packing from his teaching position because of supposed connections with a suspected communist double agent. Before Indy can leave town for other parts, he is confronted by Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) who gives him a letter from his mother, Mary, that eventually has the two heading for the deepest, darkest parts of South America in search of a mysterious Crystal Skull and Professor "Ox" Oxley, an old academic acquaintance of Indy's whose been kidnapped by the Russian bad guys.
They locate the skull with the Russians on their heels. Indy and Mutt are captured and soon run into Mutt's mother, Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen).
Indy also finds that Professor Ox is with the Russians. Indy and company eventually escape from the clutches of Irina and her gang (with the skull, of course) and make for the place Professor Ox had been looking for so that he could return it to its owner. Supposedly, whoever does manage this will be rewarded with some incredible form of power. Now we know why the Russians are so interested.
When the team arrives at the site of the famous Inca city of gold they are attacked by weird-looking natives who live plastered up in its walls.
All the time, they are being shadowed by the Russians.
The finale brings us to the chamber where the skull is returned to its owner by Irina, who requests to receive the power she believes she deserves.
Like the others, with this entry in the Indiana Jones' movie series, leave your common sense at home and enjoy it
While it is not as good as the first three, it comes close.