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Accurate portrayal of the Tuareg and the adventure of a lifetime
on July 30, 2010
I was reluctant to watch the "Sahara" thinking it a Hollywood misadventure but after having reviewed the film, I am glad I gave this Matthew McConaughey adventure a chance! The Sahara is a family fun adventure that both children and adults alike will revel in. It is a concept familiar to most - a corporation run by a corrupt British official threatens the lives of the Tuareg (distinct ethnic group native to North Africa). It is up to McConaughey, his friends and a Wealth Health Organization doctor played by Cruz to help the Tuareg defeat this organization. The leader of the Tuaregs, many times defeated, is in no mood to outwit the British (who is being aided by non-Tuareg Malian officials). McConaughey and crew provide the optimism he needs to defeat the man-made illnesses, caused by the mining corporation, that plague his people (for which there is no cure).
Throughout the film, the pacing is excellent. Like a mystery, the clues unravel slowly but surely and the unlikeliest of people are made heroes along the way. I wish not to disclose details of the storyline but there is great adventure, and fun to be had by this film. The dialogue is humorous and witty. The actors perform splendidly and convincingly in their roles. It also sheds light on the plight of the Tuareg in Africa (an ethnic group largely unknown to most people around the world because their suffering is not disclosed by mainstream media). This film deserved far more praised than it ever received and I invite everyone to enjoy this adventure and the laughs along the way.