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Raiders of the Lost Ark
Action, Adventure
IMDB rating:
Steven Spielberg
Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Karen Allen as Marion
Paul Freeman as Belloq
Ronald Lacey as Toht
Denholm Elliott as Marcus Brody
Alfred Molina as Satipo
Wolf Kahler as Dietrich
Anthony Higgins as Gobler
Vic Tablian as Barranca
Don Fellows as Col. Musgrove
William Hootkins as Major Eaton
Bill Reimbold as Bureaucrat
Storyline: The year is 1936. A professor who studies archeology named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles in South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap doing so, miraculously, he escapes. Then, Jones hears from a museum curator named Marcus Brody about a biblical artifact called The Ark of the Covenant, which can hold the key to humanly existence. Jones has to venture to vast places such as Nepal and Egypt to find this artifact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.
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The pinnacle of adventure
One of the greatest adventures of all time. Swashbuckling, thrilling, etc... this film has it all. From a heart-pounding, classic opening this film pours on the excitement all the way through.

Indiana Jones must recover the lost ark, a sacred biblical artifact before the Nazis get to it and use it for their own nefarious schemes. He encounters many obstacles along the way that hinder his progress - snakes, Hitler's troops, etc. Each scene is packed with action and excitement, with John William's invigorating score to pick up the drama along the ride.

What Spielberg does best is big plots, big action, and sweeping scores. Raiders of the Lost Ark is truly epic in all these regards and carries you along for a wild and fun ride. It does everything it sets out to do perfectly, and the result is one of the greatest adventure stories ever told on celluloid.

See it. You can come back to it endlessly. It's that good.
A Spielberg Classic
Raiders of The Lost Ark is a 1981 film directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, and John Rhys-Davies. It was distributed by Paramount, being labeled as an Action Adventure film. I have seen the film many times before and would gladly give you my opinions and observations to you.

The film is set during the 1930's where professor/archaeologist Indiana Jones (Ford) has almost went away with a valuable golden idol from South America. He then finds out at the Nazis are trying find the biblical "Ark of the Covenant" and unleash it's power to give their regime an extra edge. It is up to Indiana to find it first with the help of Marion Ravenwood (Allen) and stop the Nazis in their tracks.

I liked most of the main characters in Raiders, Harrison definitely steals the spotlight as Indiana in most of the scenes he's in. But the film doesn't make him overpowered or less relatable (which is a good thing). He has to fight off against seemingly impossible odds and strong brutes that give Indie a real challenge. Marion serves as a great companion to him and is more likable than the other two female leads in the next films. I'd even go far as to say the Egyptian Monkey was a good actor.

There's a lot to like about this film and the IJ trilogy in general. The cinematography is great, grand, and in-camera. John William's musical score is still memorable to this day. From my point of view, this film is a lot "ballsier" than most PG-13 films today with people melting and exploding fantastically. My only gripe with Raiders is that Indiana survives death by a pretty big amount, really hindering on my suspension of disbelief.

Raiders has a lot of Christian imagery, the "macguffin" of the film (Ark of The Covenant) is a reference to the Bible. And the attempt to summon it's spirits contains a Jewish ritual. But that's all I can think of in terms of themes and such. The film is just a really great action adventure film.

After learning about the film for years, this film was widely known for decades and was a critical and commercial success. Young kids could be traumatized, but that would prevent them watching a great film, heck I've watched Robocop since I was 8. Adults will really like this, teens will also. I actually don't know anybody who doesn't at least appreciates Indiana Jones. No matter what your opinion on the film is, I will respect it.

Overall, I give Raiders of The Lost Ark a… 9/10
I didn't like this film.
I'm not going to spend much time on this as I am obviously in a massive minority by not liking it. It's taken me 20 years to finally see this film through to the end.

It just bores me completely. It's a part James Bond film, which I've never had any time for. It doesn't seem any better than the 'Mummy' or 'Tomb Raider' type films (ZZZZZZ) where the dialogue is largely incidental & which you can watch with the volume turned down and still follow. They generally concern some pre-historic torch, urn, key, lump of dog turd, that has special powers, that the hero needs to get his hands on & that just doesn't make for an interesting film.

I just cannot get into films like this & never have any interests whether they achieve what they're after. In this there were a lot of scenes which seemed to be filling in time. First the Nazi's had the initiative, then Jones, then back to the Nazi's again and this went on & on & on, to the point that it wasn't dis-similar from a Steven Seagal or Van Damme film. Apart from the obvious superior quality of acting in this, the fighting scenes were sometimes laughable.

Karen Allen threw in some incredibly wooden acting in her cliched lines she was given. The "I'm your partner" was almost cringe making.

There seems an unwritten rule that you are not allowed to comment on Raiders of the Lost Ark without mentioning Star Wars for some reason. So I love Harrison Ford films, I like George Lucas & certainly don't dislike Spielberg. Thus, I have Star Wars as one of only a dozen films in my list at 10/10, it's almost perfect. I myself, wouldn't mention this in the same breath as Star Wars. You immediately feel a part of Star Wars & it's wonderful characters, neither of which apply here.

This film has never taken off in England to the extent it has done in the US. I know plenty of adults who've never seen it & many who are not mad over it.

But I'll admit I've never found anyone who genuinely dislikes it. Apart from me!

Nowadays we keep forgetting how beautiful blockbusters can be. Too much CGI makes everything possible and therefore very often also arbitrary. In Raiders you actually seem to feel the physical pain some of the actors/stuntmen had to go through to provide 2 hours of pure entertainment.

Of course the story isn't waterproof, the Nazi weren't that present in Egypt in 1936 and how did Indy survive that ride on the submarine again? But lots of good and variable action scenes are accompanied by a story that develops fast and excitingly and is always close to being implausible but luckily never is.

Spielberg, Lucas and most of all Harrison Ford created a hero that is nowadays iconic. With their attempt to make an homage to adventure comics of the 1930's they created their own legend.

It's funny, exiting, thrilling and romantic. What more can you ask for?
The best adventure film we currently have
This film is a legend and an icon. You'd have to scour to the most far flung corners of the Earth to find a cinemagoer who isn't at least familiar with the opening idol raid sequence, which sparked off pretty much every subsequent rip-off cliché of the genre you can think of.

Other films have burrowed similarly deep into the public eye. There aren't many of them, but they have. For example, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, with its, "I am your father" speech; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, with its near-impossible-to-not-recognise theme song; and Forrest Gump, with its "Life is like a box of chocolates" line.

I would also – purely for the sake of self-indulgence – like to add Pulp Fiction to this list of examples, as I feel that to not include Vincent's mouth-watering, "It feels like a wax museum with a pulse", would be criminal, as that's currently my favourite line from any film ever; and that's saying something when you've got the legendary one-liners from Shawshank to contend with. Not that said line is as well recognised as any of the above examples; it's a biased, subjective world out there, guys.

When a movie packs a punch like that, it's guaranteed to give you a good time.

What do I like about this film? Well, the strongest factor is the action sequences. It's no lean feat squeezing entirely crowd-pleasing action into a PG-rated film, but Spielberg has achieved just that and more. You'd have to be on something illegal to not be entertained by any one of said sequences. Pretty much every form of combat you can imagine is here.

There're gunfights and hand-to-hand tussles galore; and there's a prolonged truck-chase scene which is so varied and effectively tongue-in-cheek in tone, that it feels as though God himself has listened to the prayers of the action junkies and answered them all in said scene alone. About the only form of action missing is sword-and-sandal, but because the opportunity for it is dispatched in such a smarmy and witty way, by the casual whipping out of a gun, you'd have to be proper miserable to not forgive this.

The central storyline is admittedly not that complex, but the execution and payoff of it throughout the film as a whole actually makes you glad of this rather than deflated. I think that if Spielberg had tried to cram in too many complex ulterior themes and sub-plots, that would have made the film feel rather too treacly and slow.

But here, the simplicity is the mighty saving grace, because it makes the film feel really easy-going, and in itself boosts the entertainment value hugely. Raiders is, at its bare bones, a run-of-the-mill treasure hunt archaeological globe-trot adventure. There's nothing particularly original or complex about the premise, but that automatically makes it a hit, simply because you don't have to switch on your grey cells to get it. Think of Raiders as a roller-coaster ride; so, in other words, while watching it, just sit back, relax and enjoy the fun!

That's not to say, though, that this film doesn't have complex elements. Necessary religious dimensions are ushered in there, as the Ark is quite literally the Almighty's chest of wonders; as Belloq puts it, it's "a radio for speaking to God." This rather deep underlying theme is catered for brilliantly by Williams' supernaturally brilliant compositions. I mean, the scene where Indie is bringing all his sources together in that Egyptian tomb, to finally uncover the exact location of the Ark; the score for that scene is musical diamond; simply SWEEPING, it is.

The film is well acted too. Harrison Ford is perfect as Indie, being crammed full of zany charisma and surprisingly endearing indirect temperamental wit. And pretty much every other central character is also worthy of note. Marion Ravenwood is a suitably feisty tag-along who puts all the "damsel-in-distress" stereotypes well and truly to bed. Sallah, a wacky and exuberant Egyptian, is another of Indie's memorable companions. And the utterly detestable René Belloq; with his thoroughly wicked and menacing crony, Major Toht; is a totally apt main villain. The list of great characters just goes on and on, and this is another of the factors which makes this film stand out from others of the genre.

The cinematography and camera-work are also great. The way the film is shot further adds to the easy-going, "comic-book-like" tone, and there are also a few great editing techniques in there that help in this regard as well. We get hand-drawn maps of the world with a cute little travelling red dot on them, clearly showing where Indie's going on his travels; followed by the adventure scenes themselves, which are all shot to tonal perfection. It all adds up to make an entirely charismatic film experience.

The final act must also be mentioned. The ending of this film is entirely rewarding, meeting and then exceeding your expectations. It delivers a concluding pay-off which properly stuns you in your seat, allowing all of the religious elements of the story to mingle one hundred percent harmoniously with the adventure. This ensures that the ending is thoroughly redemptive, and that the movie is about as far from messy as it's possible to get.

Is there anything I don't like? No.

Verdict: 100%. In every sense, the perfect adventure film, and the firm benchmark for all the rest. The action is next-level; the characters are spot on; the storyline is the stark opposite of boring; the camera-work, editing and cinematography are stage-lifters; and the central themes make it the most necessary film of its kind, hands down. I implore you: watch this movie. It's a film for all.
Raiders of the Bad Casting
The film that captured the imagination of entire generations aged rather well and is still a decent watch but some parts have rotten away like bad cheese. What still stands are the lush, romanticized depiction of the pre-WWII period, the camera-work and the music. And Karen Allen's brazen quirkiness.

More obvious now than before is that Tom Selleck's stand-in, Harrison Ford, proved an unsuitable lead. He brings in a rather difficult chemistry for the film that is supposed to be a goofball, roller-coaster adventure. Ford is clunky, suffering and reluctant, bordering on depression. There is a conspicuous lack of joy about his Indiana Jones that shouldn't be there, because it's at odds with everything else in the film. His comebacks at other characters come off as angry snaps rather than comic relieves. He doesn't possess that devil-may-care attitude that would convince the viewer that his character actually likes all these adventures, nor does he exude that suave, Bondian eroticism that should sell that scene where all of his female students want to eat the good professor alive. The audience must have given him a pass simply because everybody still saw a Han Solo in him.

The lack of a lead that is neither too serious to expose the silly nor too hammingly humorous to drag everything into a camp is what the whole film suffers for. It's because the plot itself treads the fine line between awesome and idiotic. It mixes top-class religious artifacts and magical powers with Nazis and harebrained schemes of world domination, cartoon action with sadistic villains and their gruesome deaths, some really terrible lines of dialog with some really good one-liners, and a bungling detective story with a truly awe-inspiring and larger-than- life finale. Without the poster face that could make you forget that this mishmash of ideas, that only George Lucas could churn out, doesn't quite hold water it's easier to be taken out of the film by some of its lowest points.

What keeps it together still is the brilliant direction of Steven Spielberg. His visual style was at that fledgling time of his career pretty flamboyant, with daring but perfunctory choice of angles, camera movements and compositions, which lent itself to great pacing - moving quickly through the plot points and keeping the tension in the set-pieces with the idea that no one notices how ridiculous they are. He builds up very well towards the climactic end and the revelation of the real hero of the film: the mythical Ark. Its matter-of-fact act of self-defense is a big pay-off so few films achieve these days. It's doubtful that a conventional director, however competent, would have been able to deliver anything better than a B-schlock with the given material.

Harrison Ford made a career playing gloomy characters that got stuck in unpleasant situations and just wanted to leave. He should have been nowhere near this film. Steven Spielberg is a genius for making this work at all, let alone gain a cult-status, of all things.
One of the best adventure films ever made
One of the most well-known films in history and certainly one of the crown jewels of Steven Spielberg's career. Which is saying something. The character of Indiana Jones has become a pop culture icon and probably the bane of every archaeology professor who has had to explain to his students that no, the movies have almost nothing to do with real archaeology.

Still, whether it's grave robbing, tomb raiding or whatever else, this film is a total blast of pulp adventure goodness. From the first iconic scene of the dirty and grumbled Harrison Ford turning to stare at the camera in an age when most cinema heroes were squeaky clean and flawless to the main story about the lost Ark of the Covenant and the desperate race against the Nazis, who want to claim its powers for their own war effort.

This movie has numerous upsides, but what I personally like the most about it is its sense of adventure. The film takes us all over the globe, from the temples of Peru to the Himalayas and finally to Cairo. Each location is a great place for an adventure and given a weight of history, fun and excitement. The characters are also a big part of the film. Indiana Jones of course being the main event, but all the side characters are also memorable and fun. From Indiana's feisty ex Marion (Karen Allen) to the steadfast and boastful Sallah (John Rhys- Davies). The villains are also entertaining and memorable as only Nazis can be. It's a joy to watch them lose.

And do I even need to say any more? You've all seen this film. If you haven't, congratulations on finally being old enough to be allowed to see it. Enjoy. Or, if you're older than that, shame on you!
Greatest action film ever?
What can one say about Raiders that hasn't been said? This is, in my opinion, one of the five best action movies ever made (the others? Die Hard, Terminator 2, The Matrix, and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy). This movie has it all: a smart story (Hitler actually was looking for the Ark in the 1930's), rich characters, memorable villains, scares, amazing sets, iconic music, solid comedy, a likable and unsentimental romance, fascinating mythology, and some of the greatest stunt/action sequences ever filmed (the opening and the truck chase stand out in particular).

Raiders also benefits from the best leading lady in the series. As Marion Ravenwood, Karen Allen displays a tomboyish charm, spunk, and an unwillingness to simply be a damsel-in-distress. Case in point: when locked in the cockpit of a grounded bomber, she calls for Indiana's help for a few seconds, then decides to kill some time and some Nazis by manning the machine gun! The scene where she kisses Indy's wounds, which in another movie would be sexualized, is here very tender. Marion is resourceful, smart, and tough, making her the only love interest in the series who is Indy's perfect match.

As Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford completely inhabits the character, creating a man who is both an academic and an adventurer. He's a bit of a scoundrel but also cares about people. Most importantly, he was an action hero who was self-deprecating and imperfect. Up until that point the James Bonds, the John Waynes, and the Clint Eastwoods were all extremely macho "men's men," more prone to giving beatings than taking them. Even though Indiana Jones is tough and intelligent, he's constantly being outsmarted and out-punched. You know he'll win in the end, but usually he'll have to dig deep and use all of his ingenuity, physicality, and luck to to pull it out at the last second. Though John McClane and other heroes have followed the same template, Dr. Jones is the original and the best. * * * * * (out of five)
Captures the imagination
Watching this movie as a child filled me with awe and wonder. I was taken to another place and time filled with mystery, adventure and danger. I'd never seen anything like it.

The most thrilling part of the movie was how the scenes unfolded. A scene would start with slow tension; Harrison Ford making his way down a trail. The pace would pick up as he encountered a surprise. The scene would return to calm tension. Suddenly, with no warning, chaos! Ford running for his life. It was a roller-coaster of emotion and adrenaline.

Although this movie is much older now, as am I, it will always hold a special place in my heart.
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