Adventure junkie archeologist and teacher, Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is sent on a mission by the government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do. The Ark of the Covenant holds the power and essence of the original Ten Commandments that are not suppose to be viewed by man. Hitler plans to use that power against his enemies and those he feels are beneath him. With the help of an old flame named Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) a dear friend, Sallah (John Rhys-Davies) the three battle against guns, explosives and traps to get to the ark before the Nazis. Will they succeed? Will Jones risk his life for this historical find that no man has yet to discover?
Ok yes, this is my first time watching an Indiana Jones film. I know, for shame! But now that I have, I wish I have seen it sooner because Jones is awesome. I used to be a huge Harrison Ford fan with his great performances in The Fugitive and Air Force One (“Get off my plane!”) and many others. As Indiana, he plays his role so cocky but not in the annoying way, in the most confident instead. I love that Indiana always seems to be in a tight inescapable spot but then the theme song begins to play as his brain quickly comes up with a plan to escape. For this film to have been made back in the early 80’s I was quite impressed with the scenes and graphics and shot location, which were great. Of course I did notice some editing errors like when Jones is stuck in the cave and the Nazis are looking in the large hole, the next scene shows a solider step in the whole like it is floor patted instead of a cavity and the solider walks forward out of it. Again since it was the early 80’s all is forgiven. All of the characters worked together perfectly from the comic theatrics and sound effects when they toy with one another or when a scene becomes too intense and switches to a softer one. For example, there’s a scene where Indiana is in a tent talking to the bad guy and bravely stands gun in hand only to see the room full of men do the same. Sallah’s eight children rush in laughing and playing and take Jones out before the shooting starts. This is a great roller coaster action film and is great for the family. All in all, I will see this film again and can’t watch to see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Rating: four stars