The Ark of the Sun God

November 29, 2016 at 3:55 am (6 Heads, Ark of the Sun God) (, , , )

The Ark of the Sun God – 1984 – Italy

Rick Spears is a professional burglar. While traveling in Turkey, he is hired to break into the lost Temple of Gilgamesh and retrieve Gilgamesh’s legendary scepter. Also competing for this prize is a Turkish prince and a mysterious cult.

The Ark of the Sun God has everything you would expect from a rip-off of Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).  There are shootouts, swordfights, car chases, deadly traps, exotic locales, a fanatical villain, and a beautiful love interest. Many scenes copy Raiders of the Lost Ark directly. For instance, the hero must outrun a giant stone wheel, much like how Indiana Jones must outrun a giant rolling boulder.

While Ark of the Sun God lacks the epic budget of Raiders of the Lost Ark, it has the same epic sense of adventure. Scenes shot in Istanbul and the surrounding desert look great, and the climactic swordfight in the collapsing temple is rousing. The characters have a lot of personality too. David Warbeck plays Rick Spears by imitating Sean Connery’s James Bond (Warbeck was considered for the role of Bond, but lost it to Roger Moore). Joining his quest is a lovably cunning antique dealer, a curmudgeonly drunk, and an English gentleman and his manservant. The film’s stunts are competent, especially the highly destructive car chases.

Ark of the Sun God was directed by Antonio Margheriti, director of countless classic Italian genre films, including Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1984).

Rating: 6/10 Shrunken Heads. It is unfortunate that Ark of the Sun God’s only female character is a clueless sex object.

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