Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) Movie Review

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1981 | Action, Adventure
115 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Review


Archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.

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.

About Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981

Title: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Original Title: Indiana Jones, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Year: 1981
Runtime: 115 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Action, Adventure
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 15 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 15
Starring: Frank Welker, Kiran Shah, William Hootkins, John Rhys-Davies, Harrison Ford, Rocky Taylor, Harry Fielder, Alfred Molina, Bill Reimbold, Nick Gillard, Pat Roach, Don Fellows, Vic Armstrong, Roy Beck, Christopher Frederick, Paul Freeman, Ronald Lacey, Terry Richards, Chris Parsons, Peter Diamond, Tutte Lemkow, Anthony Chinn, Sonny Caldinez, Barrie Holland, Ted Grossman, Glenn Randall Jr., Ishaq Bux, Terry Leonard, Matthew Scurfield, Frank Marshall
Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman
Director: Steven Spielberg