Film Review: Raiders Of The Lost Ark

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Taking place during 1936, Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) displays American Archaeologist, Indiana Jones, who escapes a booby-trapped temple in Peru, and gets hold of a golden idol. Jones then gets surrounded by a rival archaeologist, named Dr. René Belloq, and the indigenous people of Hovito. Outnumbered by these people, Jones surrenders the golden idol to Dr. Belloq, and escapes by getting onto a floatplane that is waiting for him. Jones then returns back to his teaching job at Marshall College where he is interviewed by two U.S. government agents. They tell Jones that the Nazis are looking for his old mentor, Abner Ravenwood. The Nazis know that Ravenwood is a chief specialist on the ancient city of Tanis, Egypt, and that he has the headpiece …show more content…
Jones, Sallah and a group of diggers discover the Well of Souls and get the Ark. Nazi officer Colonel Dietrich and Dr. Belloq show up at the scene and snatch the Ark from Jones, and throw Marion into the Well of Souls with Jones before sealing the site back up. Jones and Marion escape to a local airstrip, where Jones gets into a fistfight with a Nazi mechanic, and destroys the flying wing that was initially made to deliver the Ark to Berlin. The Nazis panic, and take the Ark from the truck, and attempt to venture off to Cairo, but Jones catches them and takes the Ark again. Jones makes a plan to take the Ark to London aboard a steamboat, and the next day, a Nazi U-boat appears, and purposely crashes into the ship. Belloq and Dietrich take the Ark and Marion, but they can’t find Jones. Jones hides aboard the U-boat, and travels with them to an island. Once they arrive at the island, Belloq has a plan to test the Ark’s power before presenting it to Hitler. Jones finally reveals himself and threatens to destroy the Ark, but he surrenders because he doesn’t want to destroy a historical artifact.Then, the Nazis tie up Jones and Marion to a post to …show more content…
I found the film interesting because of the combination of humor and seriousness in the expeditions. I expected the film to be completely somber, but the bits of humor throughout the film balanced it out well. Throughout the film, there was a lot of anti-Nazi symbolism, and some religious humor, which added to the plot of the story. I like how every scene is filled with a new piece of information, and the constant action kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The special effects throughout this movie are astonishing for a film that was created in 1981. It is obvious when model planes are used and the death rays of the Ark are superimposed. When comparing the special effects of this movie to other action films today, it looks a bit cheesy, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is quite impressive for a movie that old. The plot of this movie is well organized, and the scenes flow seamlessly into each other. Casting Harrison Ford to play the role of Indiana Jones is the best decision Steven Spielberg made, because Harrison Ford embodies the image of a fearless and indestructible character, and his acting appears to be effortless in the film. Along with Harrison Ford, Karen Allen, who plays Marion Ravenwood, provides the film with a fearless sidekick who doesn’t take no for an answer. The actors that played the roles of the Nazis, like Wolf Kahler who

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