Cert: PG Runtime: 115 mins Director: Steven Spielberg Cast: Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey and John Rhys-Davies
You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him together, I’ve got nothing better to do
It’s been a while since I watched Indiana Jones, as a kid I adored this man. I even wanted to be an archaeologist, then I went to Uni and realised it’s not what I expected to be doing. So anyway, the year is 1936. A professor who studies archaeology named Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) 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 (Denholm Elliot) about a biblical artefact 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 artefact. However, he will have to fight his enemy Renee Belloq (Paul Freeman) and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.If there was ever an action movie that loves other action movies while succeeds at trying out new things for a change it’s definitely Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is a classic, unforgettable, and a truly fantastic adventure film that completely blows others out of the water. Just in the opening scene we are treated to delightful cinematography, impressive effects for the time, and a nail-biting set-up combined with extraordinary music to foreshadow the string of events that will soon follow.Indiana Jones is a compelling character, from the way he looks and talks, but just the way he fights.
Every move he makes seems well thought out and genuine rather than just constant instincts and “think-fast” scenarios. He is produced by Lucas, directed by Spielberg, and played extremely well by Harrison Ford.Action films nowadays have no real story. It’s usually about a sentence in length. The same can sort of be said about Raiders. It centres around Indiana Jones , an archaeologist who usually goes on risky, death-defying adventures to try and recover ancient artefacts. The special effects, at least now, appear to be a bit cheesy. We currently live in an age where we can build anything our heat desires from the ground up on CGI. Still, in Saturday morning serials, clearly the feel Spielberg wanted to capture, special effects are supposed to appear a little hammy. I’d take Raiders’s action sequences over incomprehensible, score-driven scenes of peril with monotonous digitized backdrops we are so used to today. I’d also take its music, suspense, cinematography, build-up and characters over anything today as well.Raiders of the Lost Ark is an ecstatically giddy adventure film with one jaw-dropping scene after another. It captures the age of films we’ll probably never see again. The age where everything was done for a purpose, and adventure scenes actually played like an adventure. This has the right amount of developed story and the right amount of exhilarating action scenes to be considered the perfect and most satisfying adventure film ever made.