One of Clive Cussler’s bestselling books is finally brought to life on the big screen in the action-adventure-comedy, Sahara. Adventurer Dirk Pitt (Mathew McConaughey) and his lifelong wise-cracking partner, Al Gioordino (Steve Zahn) are both working for the National Underwater and Marine Agency. They travel up the Nile River to look for an old iron clad Civil War ship that was believed to be full of gold. When their speed boat is shot out from under them, they cross paths with a beautiful United Nations scientist named Eva Rojos (Penelope Cruz) who is investigating a killer epidemic. The three find out that an African dictator is poisoning the underground water system that runs to the Atlantic Ocean with nuclear waste which could cause irreversible damage to the planet’s ecosystem. Sounds serious for a popcorn flick. Following several shoot-outs, camel chases and an improvised wind sail across the desert, our heroes find the source of the pollution and try to shut it down. This is an exciting film with an intriguing plot and plenty of action that doesn’t take itself too seriously. (It can’t take itself too seriously because I can’t see but I’m sure I witnessed Dirk shoot down a helicopter with a 150 year old Civil War cannon.) One of the reasons this film works so well is because of the great chemistry between McConaughey and Zahn and thankfully the filmmakers kept the dialogue for Cruz to a minimum. (By the way, they are now a romantic item and just to keep things straight I’m talking about McConaughey and Cruz.) Action junkies and Clive Cussler fans will love this movie if they don’t try to compare it to the books. It’s clever and entertaining and I’m giving it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.