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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

  Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, Philip Kaufman, George Lucas
Starring: Karen Allen, Harrison Ford, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, John Rhys-Davies
Links: Raiders of the Lost Ark on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on DVD, Buy on Video, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Action

This movie gets: 8.00 (1 rating)
nofreelist.com Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is also mentioned in andy-j's review of Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Adaptation, pearly's review of Raiders of the Lost Ark - The Adaptation and andy-j's review of Sleepy Hollow (1999).

"Great at what it does" - a review by pearly

Raiders of the Lost Ark is the classic escapism film. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), one of the most famous film characters ever, is an archaeologist type who is simultaneously nerdy and kinda hot. Indy is teaching a class when he is bailed up by some important government folk who let him in on a secret - the Nazis are well on their way to finding the Ark of the Covenant, the thingy where the Ten Commandments is supposedly stored.

Obviously, the Nazis are on the side of Evil, and Indy (and the rest of his US compatriots) is on the side of Good, so he must head off around the world to try and head them off at the pass.

Raiders of the Lost Ark is larger than life, and pretty much covered off chapters one through nine on how an action / adventure film should be made from then on. Everything is black and white in this film - you're either on the side of good, or the side of evil. The closest that they come to an ambiguity is the monkey, and that's just because he's really too cute to be evil. To make up for this, the fact that he is evil is revealed about ten seconds after we meet him, just so that there's no confusion later.

The film is great fun, and it's easy to see why it was so popular in the first place, and why it has stood the distance and is still so loved today. I enjoyed it greatly, however, I don't think it's the best thing since sliced bread.

The very first scene, in which Indy goes to retrieve a golden Idol from inside a booby-trapped cave, is stupendous. It's suspenseful, funny, and introduces us in a fantastic way to the character of Jones. Unfortunately, I think that the rest of the film failed to live up to this first sequence. It's not that the rest of the film was terrible (though the ending was completely stinky), it's just that, after such an awesome opening, it felt like it was all downhill from there.

Anyway, since it's not possible to dislike a film with a monkey in it, I'll let Raiders of the Lost Ark get away with a decent rating.

pearly gives this movie 8 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 21 Oct 2005

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Reader comments

  1. so, you going to Raiders adaptation on Tues?

    Rating given: 10

    A comment from m1k3y (http://ap0phenia.com) on Sun 23 Oct 2005 13:04 #

  2. Sure am! Will I see you there?

    A comment from Nic (http://nofreelist.com/) on Mon 24 Oct 2005 09:40 #

  3. Well, I'll be there.. but whether you see me or not depends on my ninja abilities

    A comment from m1k3y (http://ap0phenia.com) on Tue 25 Oct 2005 14:54 #

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