Comparing The Opening Scene In Raiders Of The Lost Ark And Tomorrow Never Dies

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Comparing The Opening Scene In Raiders Of The Lost Ark and Tomorrow Never Dies

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' and 'Tomorrow Never Dies' are both action
films with a similar theme. Both films are about good fighting evil.
The heroes have many similarities and differences. 'Raiders of the
Lost Ark' is targeted at any age, its certificate PG. 'Tomorrow Never
Dies' is targeted at twelve years onwards and is a certificate 12.
Both films may appeal more to teenage males who may look up to Indiana
Jones and James Bond because they are good looking men who have
exciting, action filled jobs and they want to be like them. Both films
are blockbusters so they have big budgets.

The 'Raiders' film begins in South America in 1936. Jones is an
archaeologist and is on a mission to retrieve a golden Idol from a
tomb to help him fund his next expedition. It starts in the jungle
with a camera following Indiana Jones and two Spanish trackers through
the trees. You can hear the diegtic sounds of the birds, which gives a
realistic effect. The director uses wide screen to make you feel
claustropbic, it also makes it feel threatening. It makes us
concentrate on the men walking through the jungle It includes the
viewers by making them feel they are actually there with Indiana.
Indiana Jones finds a poisoned arrow in a tree and they realise they
are being followed. This makes you feel scared but it gives some
mystery. The audience still haven't seen a close-up of Indiana's face,
making him seem like a bit of a mysterious character. One of the
trackers turns against Jones, so Jones whips him. The fact that Jones
uses a whip shows he is a 1930's hero and there weren't any high-tech
gadgets to use. This is when we first get to see a close up of Jones's
face. He has an unshaven face and wears rugged bush gear. Jones and
his other tracker continue on their mission. When they enter the tomb
the screen widens making the tombs seem narrow. The camera
concentrates on Jones's feet, and follows him through the tomb making
the viewer feel involved. They are soon aware that they have
tarantulas attached to their backs, a high-pitched music starts to
play, which sounds like creepy crawlies, and it makes the viewer
panic. Jones warned his tracker to stay out of the light; this shows
us he has experience. They come to a deep hole, there is a camera shot
from the bottom of the drop, which make the audience realise how
dangerous it is, they manage to get over it. They are standing about
ten feet from the Idol, and Jones has to control his excited
companion. Indiana goes forward alone, he was calm about the
situation, and knew all the traps. The music starts to crescendo
building up tension during the scene. Jones swapped the Idol for a bag
of sand. This shows us he was prepared. The music stopped, making us
feel suspense. The...

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