Rated: PG-13 Reviewed by: Chris Release date: April 15, 2005 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
Based on Clive Cussler's novel, Matthew McConaughey stars as hero Dirk Pitt, an ex-Navy Seal who works with his wise-cracking partner, Al (Steve Zahn) as marine salvagers.
They're off to find a Civil War Ironclad ship that Pitt swears ended up in Africa. He has three days to track it down or his boss (William H. Macy) will be ranting and raving even more than he is before Dirk's trip.
On the way to his treasure ship, he has to save Eva (Penelope Cruz), a beautiful World Health Organization doctor who's tracking down the cause of a possible plague that's killing the citizens
of the war torn country.
It takes more than a half hour to set all of this up, before any action actually takes place in this action/adventure.
Even though there is a lot going on, Dirk and Al meet up with Eva several times. The three find themselves smack in the middle of a plague, an illegal dumping ground and a war between two African factions.
There are soldiers shooting at them from boats, jeeps and helicopters, all while they're single-handedly trying to find the ship, save the locals from a terrible disease, and do it all amidst a
McConaughey is handsome, charming and brawny enough to play the hero, and Cruz plays a capable woman who doesn't just scream and cringe in the face of danger. She can hold her own
even if it means galloping on a camel and jumping onto a moving train.
Sahara is a pretty good adventure story mainly because of its three stars, but the plot, which has too many characters and goes off in too many directions, just bogs down.