Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Movie Review

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Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

1981 | R | Action, Adventure
115 minutes / 1h 55min

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Plot Synopsis:

The year is 1936. An archeology professor named Indiana Jones is venturing in the jungles of South America searching for a golden statue. Unfortunately, he sets off a deadly trap but miraculously 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 Rene Belloq and a band of Nazis in order to reach it.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Review

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) is an American action-adventure film that was marketed as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). It is the second in the internal chronological order but is considered the first installment in the Indiana Jones film franchise. The film had a budget of $18 million and grossed over $389.9 million worldwide. Director Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan (1998), Schindler’s List (1993), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), Catch Me If You Can (2002)) caught everyone by surprise by delivering them this masterpiece that is one of a kind. I doubt anyone had ever seen anything like this before as everything about the movie was original, mesmerizing, thrilling and breathtaking.

Archaeologist Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford - Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)) retrieves a golden idol from an ancient booby-trapped temple in Peru in 1936. Jones escaped on a floatplane after giving the idol to his rival archaeologist Rene Belloq and the Hovito people who surrounded him. Jones returns to his teaching job at a college where he was approached and confirmed that Nazis are searching for his mentor, Abner Ravenwood, who has the headpiece of the Staff of Ra that the Nazis want. The Nazis also wishes to find Ravenwood because they know an expert on the ancient Egyptian city of Tanis in the Kingdom of Egypt.

Jones discovered that Ravenwood died after Jones visited the Kingdom of Nepal, and his daughter Marion (Karen Allen - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Scrooged (1988), Starman (1984)) is now in possession of the headpiece that needs to recover the Ark. Marion is one chick that does not have good feelings toward Jones, and that is because of their previous romantic affair. She does not want to sell the headpiece to Jones leading to one violent act after another resulting in her bar going up in flames. The duo joined to find the Arc, and the rest is for you to see as they travel to Cairo.

Indiana Jones was regularly seen in dangerous predicaments that keep the tension high throughout the film with the breathtaking exotic sets and mysterious settings. The pacing, editing, fights, tasks, sound, production design with the good humour thrown in makes this a suspenseful entertaining watch. The originality of the Aztec treasures, Egyptian snake-pits, caves and costumes were amazingly well done. The actors acting was excellent with minor flaws but nothing overwhelmingly that it disturbs you from enjoying the movie.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 8
  • Overall Score: 8.54
  • IMDB: 8.5
  • MetaCritic: 8.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.5

About Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

Title: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year: 1981
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 4.27/5 stars from 778,891 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 778,891
MPAA Rating: R
Raiders of the Lost Ark Cast Starring: Frank Welker, Kiran Shah, William Hootkins, John Rhys-Davies, Harrison Ford, Harry Fielder, Bob Papenbrook, Rocky Taylor, Alfred Molina, Bill Reimbold, Pat Roach, Nick Gillard, Don Fellows, Vic Armstrong, Roy Beck, Paul Freeman, Wolf Kahler, Alan Austen, Peter Diamond, Ronald Lacey, Chris Parsons, Terry Richards, Tutte Lemkow, Anthony Chinn, Ted Grossman, Sonny Caldinez, Barrie Holland, Ishaq Bux, Glenn Randall Jr., Terry Leonard
Raiders of the Lost Ark Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman
Raiders of the Lost Ark Director: Steven Spielberg
Production: Paramount Pictures
Language: English, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Nep
Country: USA