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Raiders of the Lost Ark Reviews

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January 16, 2017
What can one say about Raiders that hasn't been said? This is, in my
opinion, one of the five best action movies ever made (the others? Die Hard, Terminator 2, The Matrix, and the entire Lord of the Rings
trilogy). This movie has it all: a smart story (Hitler actually was
looking for the Ark in the 1930's), rich characters, memorable
villains, scares, amazing sets, iconic music, solid comedy, a likable and unsentimental romance, fascinating mythology, and some of the greatest stunt/action sequences ever filmed (the opening and the truck chase stand out in particular).

Raiders also benefits from the best leading lady in the series. As
Marion Ravenwood, Karen Allen displays a tomboyish charm, spunk, and an unwillingness to simply be a damsel-in-distress. Case in point: when locked in the cockpit of a grounded bomber, she calls for Indiana's help for a few seconds, then decides to kill some time and some Nazis by manning the machine gun! The scene where she kisses Indy's wounds, which in another movie would be sexualized, is here very tender. Marion is resourceful, smart, and tough, making her the only love interest in the series who is Indy's perfect match.

As Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford completely inhabits the character,
creating a man who is both an academic and an adventurer. He's a bit of a scoundrel but also cares about people. Most importantly, he was an action hero who was self-deprecating and imperfect. Up until that point the James Bonds, the John Waynes, and the Clint Eastwoods were all extremely macho "men's men," more prone to giving beatings than taking them. Even though Indiana Jones is tough and intelligent, he's constantly being outsmarted and out-punched. You know he'll win in the end, but usually he'll have to dig deep and use all of his ingenuity, physicality, and luck to to pull it out at the last second. Though John McClane and other heroes have followed the same template, Dr. Jones is the original and the best. * * * * * (out of five)
January 16, 2017
This is truly great entertainment, and fun at the movies. Nothing deep about this one, just a buckle your seatbelts, swashbuckling adventure, and a very quick two hours ;-)
January 15, 2017
This will go down as one of the greatest movies of all time! This film is so groundbreaking in the action genre and introduced to us one of the most iconic characters ever in Mr. Indiana Jones. This film is perfect from directing all the way to the score. You will find nothing wrong with this movie so definitely treat yourself!
½ January 11, 2017
Nota: 8.6/10 - 4.5/5
January 6, 2017
The best action movie of all time!
½ January 2, 2017
The first in the classic adventure series brought to life thanks to the combined efforts of a talented cast (Harrison Ford in his prime when he actually gave a damn), swift directing from Steven Spielberg, colorful environments, and some excellent action sequences.

While I do believe that the ending climax feels a bit rushed, this is still a wonderfully entertaining love letter to old action serials of the 30s and 40s. It's hard to dislike this movie to be honest. Sure you can pick it apart, but you'll be enjoying yourself too much to want to do such a thing.
½ January 1, 2017
Rating: 94%
With a perfectly cast Harrison Ford in the title role and some of the most entertaining thrills in recent memory, Raiders of the Lost Ark successfully launches one of the most iconic franchises of all time.
December 27, 2016
One of the greatest film adventures an audience will ever take. Action packed, funny and mesmerizing. Steven Spielberg has created a world where kids and adults can strap in and take a ride with the whip cracking professor and archeologist who's adventures are fun, historical and entertaining in the best way imaginable. An instant classic that can be viewed over and over without getting old.
December 27, 2016
The first of the (now) four Indiana Jones movies, and a strong contender for being the best!

This is the one that starts with Indy in Peru, raiding an over-grown temple to fetch an idol - a scene that has since become the basis for many a sketch (such as in 'The Simpsons'), before going back to academia where he is recruited to search for the lost Ark of the Covenant before Hitler gets his hands on it.

It's also the one that ends with *that* Warehouse scene (of the Ark being boxed up and filed away), which has also been copied many a times since (most noticeably, and most recently, in SyFy's channel's 'Warehouse 13').
December 26, 2016
Arguably the most expertly crafted action movie of the 20th century. You could watch it a million times and it would never become any less exciting or entertaining.
December 21, 2016
An epic journey. Harrison Ford's finest performance ever, in my opinion.
Super Reviewer
½ December 21, 2016
It is almost impossible not to be thrilled by this hugely entertaining modern classic that boasts a delicious sense of humor, a charismatic protagonist (Harrison Ford is awesome as always) and a lot of fast-paced action, with each scene more exciting than the one before.
½ December 19, 2016
Timeless action with a timeless hero...
December 18, 2016
With a main lead anyone can get behind, fantastic action and a thrilling score from our Lord John Williams, Harrison Ford's Indiana Jones truly deserves it's place among the classics.

December 9, 2016
Probably the BEST Indiana Jones film, and my personal favorite! Good, memorable, fun adventure film!
½ December 7, 2016
A wonderful start to Indiana Jones.
November 28, 2016
This movie was my childhood, and it still holds up.
½ November 26, 2016
Even though Raiders is the least best in the Indiana Jones series, it was still a very good movie. It was also very funny.
November 26, 2016
Rating: 9.1 out of 10.
November 20, 2016
It was a movie of precisely everything Spielberg and Lucas stood for. Using Ford was the best idea the ever had. I can't imagine another actor lashing a whip with his fedora on. It must have felt good. From the beginning where we get a glimpse of what Indy's life is all about. After that, there is nothing you cannot love about this movie. From whip-cracking action to romanticized comedy. You gotta love Harrison Ford.
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