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Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name.
Scouring the ocean depths for treasure-laden shipwrecks is business as usual for a thrill-seeking underwater adventurer and his wisecracking buddy. But when these two cross paths with a beautiful doctor, they find themselves on the ultimate treasure hunt.
I've decided to spend my day off doing some African adventuring.
I've just been looking through some of the reviews of Sahara and bloody hell! No-one liked this film, did they? Crapped on from all angles and a disappointment at the box office, it's no wonder this didn't become the franchise that they had hoped for. Well I'm disappointed if no-one else is.
I thought Sahara was absolutely tremendous fun. Does it have a single solitary original thought in its head? Nope. Is it completely bone-headed and daft? Yep. Do I care? Not a jot. This really ticked most of the boxes when it came to an old fashioned action adventure as far as I'm concerned, with a good cast…
up to you whether or not the White People Save Africa plot is cancelled out by McConaughey/Zahn teamup (it is though). otherwise not spectacular or anything but as sturdy as any mid-tier Bond, which isn't as easy as it sounds.
The story feels like the results of a high speed collision between two drafts, but I enjoyed the hell out of this. The plot holes are papered over by charm, and most of that is attributable to the chemistry between McConaughey and Zahn.
The basic premise of white people saving the day in Africa is problematic, but I'm willing to give a goofy adventure film a pass on that.
Too bad it was such a financial disaster. I'd like some more (extremely loose) adaptations of shitty Clive Cussler novels.
IN THE MOUTH EITHER A DESERT/DESSERT: Hollywood makes constant attempts to emulate the success of the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise by making awkward, pale clones without life signs. The two entries in the “National Treasure” where fine but not near the enjoyable Lucas/Spielberg colonialist retread. There is nothing more fun than matinee movies, movies with treasure hunts, hardboiled dames, loud-mouthed anti-heroes and comic sidekicks. “Sahara” lacks excitement but seems to have all those elements mentioned above; the dame in this case is portrayed by Penélope Cruz, the loud-mouthed anti-hero by Matthew McConaughey, the comic sidekick by Steve Zahn and the treasure is a warship from the American Civil War.
“Sahara“ tanked at the box office and cost an inordinate amount of…
I'm finding it very hard to come up with something interesting to say about such an average film. It was a little long, and felt very samey as the backdrop to most scenes was sand. A poor man's Indiana Jones.
SO BORING YET SO CONFUSING
I really wish this movie started a franchise. Dirk Pitt has some amazing stories that need to be told.
Some beautiful shots of africa, but all in all a typical Hollywood action movie. Unrealistic, boring action-characters, improper humor, missing drama/thrill.
Sahara the movie lacks about four fifths of the book, something which would have pissed me off if I was a somewhat bigger fan of Clive Cussler (though I'll agree that the boat journey down the Niger could have been shorter in favor of perhaps the mines of Tebezza or the battle at the original Fort Foureau (or an explanation of Kitty Mannock and her plane, for that matter)).
Al is pretty much all original character and no canon, as is Rudi, but that said, movie!Pitt is far more likable than book!Pitt, and the movie was so incredibly entertaining that I'll let all the bad things slide. If you get the chance, watch it (before reading the book and spoiling it all).
Oh if I only had a dollar for every cliche in this movie...
The author of the novel on which this movie is based was so unhappy that he vowed never to work with Hollywood again. That said, the movie isn't bad, it's just a machine-produced Hollywood object.
Much of this film plays out in such a breezy, entertaining manner that you feel guilty for ragging on it, even if it misses its marks repeatedly through the film. Heavily mining the Indiana Jones School of Adventure Filmmaking, first-time director Breck Eisner (yes, the son of ex-Disney chief Michael Eisner) paints a pretty picture of exotic locales and thrilling sequences but never quite gets the magic to work with his cast. The banter between Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn doesn't click in a satisfying way, while Penélope Cruz fails to light the romantic spark of the flick no matter how hard she tries. McConaughey has the stuff to make a fine hero, but his Dirk Pitt needs more definition…
Presenting itself as Indiana Jones and the Amateur Hour, you'd think they'd have chosen a better, well, everything if trying to make this a franchise. It tests suspension of disbelief like few other films.
SO BORING YET SO CONFUSING
Not as bad as I first thought.
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The second installment in the Underrated series (see links below for previous lists).
Get suggesting with your underrated adventure nominations.…