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.
Matthew McConaughey could have been the next Indiana Jones had this sorely underrated action masterpiece not have bombed so hard. He is just as witty and cool as Harrison Ford with the suaveness of 007. Undoubtedly in my mind one of the most misunderstood action film in recent memory. Ton of fun with exciting action and a humongous dose of comedy making this an unforgettable 2-hour experience.
"I am so tired of being shot at!"
Cast and characters: 9/10
Visual Effects: 9/10
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…
McConaughey had to go through his Burt Reynolds phase from roughly the years 2003 to 2011, successfully cocooning his abilities as an actor. You can tell he had a hell of a fun time just living life those years. But from a cocoon comes a transformation and watching McConaughey transform his career is one of the more fascinating and redemptive arcs of an actors work. You have to have the downs to admire the ups that much more. As for Sahara, which pains me to even bring up, there is just no momentum to it whatsoever. So dull it hurts.
Wow. Just wow. The hatred on Sahara is tremendous. Why it hated so much... I'll never understand!!!
Often regarded as one of the biggest box-office flops ever made, Sahara stars Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zhan as treasure hunting buddies who travel to Africa to look for a possible sunken Civil War ship (why it's in Africa is a long story). While that's going on, there's also a conspiracy afoot involving this epidemic plague killing the locals... with Penelope Cruz playing a doctor investigating. Weird combination of plots I know... but I just dig this film.
I know I know, there's way too much comparisons with Indiana Jones here, and many complained over the absurdity of the plot, but tell me…
I have spent so long avoiding this film as I thought it was a completely different film.
This is a very funny treasure hunting film that also has a bit of a dark side to it.
Well worth a watch.
Sorry I don't speak English.
I thought there was a chance I actually might really like this one. The cast is great with McConaughey, Macy, and the underrated Steve Zahn. It also came out in 05 which is the peak of when I liked shitty movies like this so I wondered why I had never watched this before.
I soon realized the reason I never watched this is because McConaughey character is named Dirk Pitt. DIRK FUCKING PITT. That's the worst fake name ever. That's the kind of name you tell a girl 6 margaritas deep in mexico on spring break. The spring break fake name is one…
Good old fashioned adventure, an excellent leading man worthy of his own franchise, a funny sidekick and a romantic interest who can more than stand her own ground. Sahara just works and I am glad the film was recently brought to my attention as I had wrongfully neglected to see it all this time. It is just a lot of fun - which is remarkable since there's quite a bit of human suffering at stake in it - and it clearly should have been the first in a whole series of Dirk Pitt adventures.
Although this movie always seems to get middle-of-the-road love... for me its one of my favourites. As a fan of action adventure stories it works fantastic. Dirk Pitt is a great hero. He's suave, and capable, and heroic. He is a defender of what is right. McConaughey plays this part to a TEE. His side kick Al.. is also these things.. but he offers the comedy that makes a great "buddy" movie great. Finally Cruz plays our heroine... and does this perfectly as well. For me, she played the part with the right balance of vulnerability... (she does need rescuing) and heroism as well. (Even though she throws like a girl, she kicks but when necessary. :-) )
Probably the most underrated action-adventure flick of the 2000's. I've always liked it despite the hate.
Once you get past the conceit of Steve Zahn portraying ex-Navy SEAL Al Giardino, this movie is a lot of fun. Matthew McConaughey is Dirk Pitt, who is searching for a lost Confederate ironclad full of gold that disappeared in the waning days of the Civil War and made it's way to Africa (though why an ironclad from the South would seek refuge in Africa remains largely unexplained). He and his sidekick Al assist a WHO doctor (played by Penelope Cruz) who is trying to find the source of a toxic algae bloom that is poisoning people through well and river water, which also happens to dovetail nicely into their hunt for the ironclad in the dusty wilds of Mali.…
Unsuccessful effort to establish a new franchise in the vein of James Bond or Indiana Jones. This time, the villain is a warlord in Mali doing toxic waste.
Random action injected into blah story obviously trying to be green and topical, with a dash of historical curiosity mixed in.
I 100% believe that this movie only exists because Matthew Mafuckspellinghislastname wanted a vacation.
i wish i had gotten baked before i watched "Indiana Dude and the Temple of Hang Ten, Brah" but i did enjoy it. i'm looking forward to the sequel, "Raiders of the Lost Stash of Kind Bud".
i just hope Penelope Cruz put something on that lil sunburn
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