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Raiders of the Lost Ark (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on March 2, 2004

One of the greats.  Sometimes I hate to admit liking Spielberg, but this is perhaps the most perfect action/adventure film ever made.  I saw it at least three times in the theater, and in my recollection it seems more like 7 or 8.  This was also the first bootleg video we ever owned, as one of my dad’s colleagues had somehow managed to procure a copy before it was released to stores.  I watched that sucker many, many times.  Classic characters, snappy dialogue, and above all, non-stop thrills.  I don’t think it ever occurred to me before tonight just how densely packed Raiders is.  It’s unbelievable how much stuff happens in under two hours.  Barely a second is wasted.  The one problem I’ve always had with the Indiana Jones movies is how they are infused with Christian mythology (albeit Christianity of a very special-effectsy, almost occultish nature).  It’s a minor gripe, I admit, but it always bugs me.  Rating: 10


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