Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) doesn't just teach about archeology. When the right opportunity comes up, he goes in search of the lost ancient treasures of the world. And he specializes in the supernatural and occult.
That's why he gets approached by the US government to go in search of the ancient Ark of the Covenant. They have received intelligence that the Nazis have located its probably burial place. And, while we aren't at war with them yet (it is 1936), we don't want that power to fall into their hands.
And so, Jones is off to Egypt to beat them to the ark. But first, he has to stop in Nepal to get a needed item from Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), his ex-girlfriend and the daughter of his mentor. When the Nazis show up at the same time, Marion decides to go with Jones.
But the danger has just begun. Can Indiana Jones find the ark before the Nazis? If so, can he steal it away under their very noses?
This is a wonderful pop corn flick. It's got lots of action to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Yet the story is decent and holds together well. And the characters, brought to life by great acting, are more then the cardboard cut outs you normally associate with the genre. The special effects at times to betray the movie's age, but they are minor.
What surprises me more is the film's rating. While originally rated PG, I think it belongs in the PG-13 category. Some of those images are rather gruesome and the violence can get graphic. Of course, back when this film was releases, PG-13 wasn't an option. Still, parents will definitely want to preview this movie before they let their kids see it.
This movie has many imitators, and some of them are very fun. But it's hard to top the original if you are looking for a great action flick.