“Sahara” (2005)


MOVIE REVIEW: “Sahara” stars Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Mud), Steve Zahn (Daddy Day Care, Dallas Buyers Club), Penelope Cruz (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Vanilla Sky), William H. Macy (Wild Hogs, Jurassic Park III), Rainn Wilson (The Office, Juno), Delroy Lindo (Gone in Sixty Seconds [2000], Up), Lambert Wilson (Of Gods and Men, Ernest & Celestine), and Lennie James (Snatch., Lockout). This movie is about an explorer/treasure hunter named Dirk Pitt (McConaughey) who has been known for finding several artifacts and making big discoveries. Once discovery that escapes him though is the finding of a lost ironclad Civil War battleship that was carrying a secret cargo. He has been searching for it since he has started treasure hunting, but hasn’t gotten a lead. One day, he finally gets one when he finds a Confederate coin that was only given to five people during the Civil War. He takes his lifelong friend, Al Giordino (Zahn), in hopes of finding the battleship once and for all. Along the way he encounters a girl named Eva (Cruz), and discovers that Africa is in an epidemic that could go global.


I’m a sap when it comes to treasure hunting movies. From hits like “Indiana Jones” to lesser-appreciated titles like “National Treasure” I’ve loved them all. “Sahara” is a little different, though, and it can be in either a good way or a bad way. The story is alright, having an entertaining story with some great scenes. It was a let down, though, because when I was expecting a treasure hunting movie, I got another story entirely. Yes, there was a treasure to be looked for in the beginning, but it was quickly dropped and focused on a disease epidemic instead. It worked fine with that, but I feel that it would have been better if they stuck to the treasure hunting. The acting was good, with many great actors put into the mix. The action scenes were the best part of this film and it made up most of the best scenes. Cons of this movie would include how cheesy it can get. It mainly pertains to jokes that are pretty lame and how some parts are predictable. Another con would be how some parts don’t even make any sense. One that comes to my mind is how the bad guy takes Eva, but instead of killing her, he just tries to keep her alive for no reason. Other than those, this movie did okay and is still an entertaining experience. I recommend anyone who hasn’t watched it to give it a try. FINAL SCORE: 75%= Juicy Popcorn

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