How do you follow two of the most unforgettable and legendary films of all-time, Jaws and Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind? Well, if you're Steven Spielberg you team up with fellow genius George Lucas and create one of the most beloved, larger than life, action/adventure heroes ever to be graced on silicon... a fedora hat more legendary than Tom Landry's...Impossible, right... Indiana Jones isn't just a character, he's an icon. This movie can't really live up to this many years of hype, can it? Yes!
With high adventure, romance, really bad villains, humor, and lots of snakes, the movie starts out fast and never lets go. Indiana Jones, archeologist extraordinaire, fights his way through all kinds of close encounters and narrow escapes, in a race with the Nazi's, to secure one of the most powerful and mysterious weapons of all time!
The action scenes were big and original, racing from giant balls, natives, car chases on horseback, submarines, snakes, and lots and lots of explosions. I thought this was a really fun movie with something for everyone. The sets were great, from the opening Paramount logo dissolve to the opening sequence, Nepal, Cairo, the map room, markets, all the way to the end every set was completely different and authentic, really bringing you into the time period of the 30's without ever really feeling like you're watching a period piece.
The opening film of what a lot of people argue is the best trilogy ever, Raiders was followed by Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), both highly successful and an as yet untitled 4th film is currently in pre-production and scheduled to be released in 2008. If you haven't seen these films, you are really missing out.
"Snakes, why did it have to be snakes!" Quotes:
According to Indy.com, the Dream team of Lucas and Speilberg wouldn't have brought Raiders to fruition if not for their meeting in Hawaii and Steven just being turned down for a James Bond film that he really wanted to work on, Lucas offered him this "adventure serial" and the rest is history...
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