Films to see before you die: Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Forget The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, people seeking some real whip-cracking fun would do better to stick with the original, and best, Indiana Jones film.

Made back in 1981, before Shia LaBeouf was even born, Raiders of the Lost Ark introduces Harrison Ford as the eponymous archaeologist Indiana.

Rather than spend hours staring at shards of pottery like his colleagues, however, it quickly becomes clear Mr Jones prefers adventuring in exotic places.

Through the course of the film, set in 1936, Indy ends up embroiled in a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant, battling a group of Nazis who also want to get their pesky hands on it.

Along the way, he enlists the help of old love Marion Ravenwood, played by a spirited Karen Allen, who’s medallion holds the key to the artefact’s location.

Made in the same mould as old fashioned adventure films, Raiders of the Lost Ark is a classic from start to finish and boasts one of the best opening sequences ever made, ending with Mr Jones being chased out of ancient ruins by a now infamous boulder as darts fire at his head.

From this early scene, the momentum never really lets up and Steven Spielberg’s direction keeps the audience interested as Indiana visits ancient and modern locations across the world.

The film also has a charm rarely seen today, which Kingdom of the Crystal Skull tried, and failed, to recapture, and boasts some great energetic performances.

Without an overly complicated plot to confuse things, Raiders of the Lost Ark is the perfect film to stick on at any time and enjoy. Sequels The Temple of Doom and The Last Crusade are also well worth a look, just avoid the latest offering.


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