After seeing the epic film Raiders of the Lost Ark, three eleven-year-old boys decided they had to make a shot-for-shot remake of the film. Those kids, Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, and Jayson Lamb, spent the next 7 summers recreating the entire film except for one scene. It tested their patience and slowly picked apart their friendship, but 30 years later they reunite to finally shoot the one scene they were missing, and to find that their childhood dreams hadn’t died.

Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made isn’t really so much about the remake Strompolos, Zala, and Lamb spent much of their youth creating. This is more a story of kids dealing with divorced parents, those huge dreams we have as kids but rarely ever accomplish, and the ups and downs of friendships over time. Had they simply spent a few weekends doing the best they could, the story wouldn’t have legs. It’s the 7 years of determination and the aftermath of those summers that makes this a compelling story.

Things certainly don’t go where you imagine they would. There’s stolen girlfriends, drugs, fractured friendships and difficult family situations. It seems as if anything that could go wrong, did for this trio of wannabe filmmakers. Still, 30 years later, they can’t forget this project from their youth. It gave them something when everything else was going wrong, and it’s a dream that their families have always wanted for them. Their kids think it’s the greatest thing ever, and their wives would do anything for them to finish the project. It even threatens the job of one member, but that still can’t stop them from finishing.

It doesn’t matter how well done the finished product is, because honestly, it’s not that great. These are 3 eleven-year-old kids remember. But their fan film is the definition of persistence, imagination, and dedication. It fills their film with a passion you can’t find in almost any other film, and that’s what makes it so special. The discovery of the film through Eli Roth and Harry Knowles adds a bit of geeky movie fun for the audience. It also shows exactly why Strompolos, Zala, and Lamb need to finish what they started. Their dream is the dream of so many other movie loving kids out there, and watching them complete their movie gives us hope that we can accomplish all the goals we once dreamt of achieving.