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Sahara

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Sahara

Sahara

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
127 minutes
Wide Release Date:
04/08/05
performer:
Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Lambert Wilson, Delroy Lindo, William H. Macy, Steve Zahn
director:
Breck Eisner
distributor:
Paramount Pictures
author:
79272, 66686, 68929, 68097
genre:
ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

In Sahara, Matthew McConaughey is the literary hero Dirk Pitt, searching for a U.S. Civil War ship loaded with gold and entombed in Africa. Penelope Cruz is a beautiful doctor fighting a deadly plague. Steve Zahn is an actor apparently determined not to have Paul Giamatti’s career. (Zahn’s as likable as ever playing Dirk’s buddy; we just want to see him stretch beyond the spotty action-adventure.)

EXTRAS Two director commentaries is self-aggrandizing, but we’d have forgiven Breck Eisner (son of Michael) if he’d discussed the McConaughey-Cruz romance in either. His solo audio track is full of boring film-school footnotes, but the one with McConaughey — clearly recorded before Sahara‘s release, since they’re talkin’ sequel — is fun and informative: You have to know the code word to get a camel to run fast (so thieves don’t get far). The deleted scenes and making-ofs can’t compete.

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