A group of fan's take their obsession with Raiders of the Lost Arc to the tipping point.
Released by Drafthouse Films
Release Date: June 17th, 2016
Starring: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, and Angela Rodriguez
Written by Tim Skousen, Jeremy Coon
Directed by Tim Skousen, Jeremy Coon
Not Rated (Language)
It turns out that a group of friends got together, who were grade school age when they started, and made a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are two things that are amazing about this: First is that they actually saw the thing through. This wasn’t some project that they took on for the summer only to be forgotten about when school starts. These kids actually shot everything except for the airport scene by the time they were finished. Two, that they were able to remake a big action blockbuster with very little money. Oh, and that fact that they were friggin’ kids.
Then things start to take a turn for the worst. The DP quits because he is not being paid. The plane can only be moved a little at a time because it takes them hours to move it back (I also think that one of the wheels was breaking off). Also it rains during most of the shoot.
Of course with this being a documentary there has to be some drama from the past. One of the guys becomes addicted to crack and then meth. The other guy wants to be on the straight and narrow, but he is finding it hard because he is tired of bailing his friend out of jail all the time.
These guys, and their families are nice and good people. The families stand behind them and there is a good nature to most of the film, but the filmmakers try to shoehorn things into the film. The guys talk about the divorces of their respective parents and how it was kind of hard, but because the info is just thrown at us, we are not really given a chance to react.
Raiders! is a good documentary about a group of friends who wanted to make a film and the other film that they thought would possible was the first adventure of Indiana Jones. The clips that we see of The Adaptation show that these kids really love the film they are remaking and I wish that their version would make it onto dvd or blu-ray. I enjoyed this film and wish that there were treasures like The Adaptation.