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4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top but a lot of fun to watch
The mere premise of a Confederate ironclad ship somehow winding up buried underneath the desert of Africa was enough to make me want to see this film. How the heck are they going to explain that one? Sahara was a different film than I expected, however; I pictured these guys out there digging up this historical relic, but there's very little of an archaeological nature to...
Published on Sept. 7 2006 by Daniel Jolley

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2.0 out of 5 stars A third rate movie at best. The book is much better.
It's a slick attempt at "Indiana Jones" with Rambo and James Bond rolled into one. Not a very believable story where the heroes always get away without a scratch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Over the top but a lot of fun to watch, Sept. 7 2006
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
The mere premise of a Confederate ironclad ship somehow winding up buried underneath the desert of Africa was enough to make me want to see this film. How the heck are they going to explain that one? Sahara was a different film than I expected, however; I pictured these guys out there digging up this historical relic, but there's very little of an archaeological nature to what turned out to be a fast-paced, quick-witted thrill ride of an adventure. The discovery of the ironclad ship sort of falls into the background as the story mixes in a deadly plague, a brutal African dictator, and a potential threat to life as we know it. Don't expect things to get too serious, though, as "treasure hunters" Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) and his hilarious sidekick Al (Steve Zahn) basically laugh their way through an incredible series of dangerous escapes and reckless acts of heroism. These guys could show MacGyver a trick or two.

Dirk works for NUMA (National Underwater and Marine Agency), and he manages to talk his boss into giving him a couple of days to follow up on an important clue to his pet obsession; not surprisingly, most folks think he's crazy to argue that the lost Confederate ironclad The Texas somehow crossed the Atlantic and now rests beneath the sands of Africa. Along the way, though, Dirk and Al get a little sidetracked by Dr. Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) and her cohort Dr. Hopper (Glynn Turman), doctors with the World Health Organization trying to find the source of a deadly, spreading infection. That source lies in Mali, a country ravaged by fighting between the forces of General Kazim (Lennie James) and rebels opposing his dictatorial ways. Dr. Rojas does indeed run into trouble, but the personal danger she faces is nothing compared to the dangers she and Dirk eventually discover out in the wastelands of the desert. Dirk and Al are a two-man wrecking crew, single-handedly taking out whatever comes their way - armed soldiers, tanks, helicopters, you name it. A lot of it is ridiculously over the top - yet all the more entertaining for that very reason - you'll be rolling your eyes, but you'll be laughing as you do so.

Sahara is really an action comedy. A Confederate ironclad ship buried beneath the Sahara (carrying oodles of gold coins, to boot) is far from the most improbable plot element on display here. McConaughey and Zahn are great in their roles, though, and that is the real secret to this movie's success. The wrong actor in the role of either Dirk or Al would have been disaster, as the fanciful story could never have stood on its own two legs without the support of the right actors. I can't say I truly bought Penelope Cruz as a doctor, but she more than held her own when it came to playing hardball with the big boys. Of course, it helps when the bad guys are the worst shots in the world; it's actually rather ridiculous, as these guys almost surely broke the world's record for most missed shots in one movie.

It's pretty simple, really - if you like action comedies, you should enjoy Sahara. The comedic banter between the actors is consistently funny, there are plenty of action scenes chock full of gunfights, explosions, and fisticuffs, and you won't find any dull moments once things really get going.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A third rate movie at best. The book is much better., June 8 2013
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It's a slick attempt at "Indiana Jones" with Rambo and James Bond rolled into one. Not a very believable story where the heroes always get away without a scratch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good saturday nite entertainment, April 8 2013
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comedy and drama all rolled in one Nice to see the good guys win big
fast moving plot using the coin to tie it all together
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4.0 out of 5 stars A reasonable movie adaption of the Cussler novel., March 19 2013
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I read the book recently and wanted to see how they adapted it to a movie. Matt McConaughey was well cast as
Dirk Pitt. Not sure if the casting for Al Giordino or Rudi Gunn was as good, but certainl Admiral Sandecker was
along with Penelope Cruz as Eva Rojas. Great action scenes but towards the end, they deviated from the book's
ending..maybe it was too expensive to finish the movie the same way as the book. Great adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate portrayal of the Tuareg and the adventure of a lifetime, July 30 2010
This review is from: Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Film d'aventure dans la veine d'Indiana Jones, Sept. 25 2009
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I. Theoret "sardonyx" (Longueuil, Quebec Canada) - See all my reviews
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Une équipe de médecin sans frontières et de plongeurs en quête de trésors sont appelés dans le désert pour étudier des cas d'épidémie étrange causant la mort chez les africains. Ils découvriront que la cause n'est pas virale mais bien dûe à une exposition à des matières toxiques. Un complot monté par de terroristes qui cachent au gouvernement un lieu rempli de déchets dangereux en plein désert sera découvert par l'équipe. Ils devront lutter pour sauver leur vie et celle des habitants exposés à la source toxique.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Dec 12 2008
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Greg Curtis - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Sahara follows the quest of lifelong friends and marine salvage experts Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) and Al Giordino (Steve Zahn) as they search for evidence in Africa of an iron-clad battleship that disappeared during the Civil War. During their adventure, they cross paths with a scientist (Penelope Cruz) who is investigating a mysterious plague that is killing the populace of Mali.

McConaughey (who also co-produced the film) is perfectly cast as the roguish and resourceful explorer, while Cruz is convincing as the doctor; Zahn is a little too goofy for his character, but still manages to play the role with charm. It is interesting to note that the ruthless but incompetent villains are Africans of Third World nations, who are rapidly becoming Hollywood's new antagonists of choice.

The location photography is impressive and fresh. Unfortunately, the rock soundtrack tries to make the film hipper than it is, and only serves to detract from the events on screen.

Based on the novel by Clive Cussler, the story is unpredictable and has no gaping holes. There are several exciting chase sequences, plenty of gunplay, and believable stunts. Though Cussler is apparently suing the makers for "ruining" his book -- you'd think he would have learned his lesson about Hollywood adaptations after the debacle that was Raise the Titanic -- his concern is unwarranted.

Sahara is a strong and entertaining film that is worthy of a franchise. Rating: 7 out of 10.
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3.0 out of 5 stars lite, mindless,entertaining fare, Feb. 2 2008
This review is from: Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
i didn't mind this movie.it's pretty lite fare,but enjoyable.the movie
is based on a novel by Clive Cussler and centers around thrill seeking
adventurer Dirk Pitt(Matthew McConaughey)and his travelling
companion(Steve Zahn).the duo find themselves in over their heads and
trying to avoid being killed by enemies they have made on their latest
treasure hunt.they end up teaming with a humanitarian aid doctor,played
by Penelope cruse.McConaughey and Zahn make a good pair,and work well
off each other.they each have some funny lines.cruse was OK,though i am
not a fan of hers.the movie is fast paced and has some thrills.it's
funny at times,but it is also unrealistic to the point of absurdity.my
eyes got a workout from rolling back in my head so much.also the movie
feels incomplete somehow.there was great potential and i think they
could have made a great movie.nevertheless,for mindless
entertainment,you could do worse.for me,Sahara is a 3/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, Sept. 5 2007
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Steven Hume - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
You will want to watch this movie over and over again. Sahara is a big budget movie that is big on entertainment, which is why you watch movies in the first place. If you want to spend 2 hours glued to your T.V. Sahara fits the bill.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "You do throw like a girl", April 30 2007
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sahara (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)
Based on a Clive Cussler novels. Civil war Virginia the ironclad "The Texas disappears. Present day Africa there is a plague outbreak. Dr. Eva Rojas (Penélope Cruz) while investigating the plague is perused by people with ulterior motives. She has to be saved and assisted by treasure hunters including Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey in green contacts and dark hair) looking for the misplaced "Texan."

Othern than standard Indiana Jones formula the most annoying part is the loud background music that overwhelms the scenes. However they were clever with the use of "Magic Carpet Ride" at the appropriate time. Everyone except Penélope was hairy faced.

Passes time well. However nothing exceptional.
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