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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
"Sahara" should work. The Breck Eisner-directed adventure film boasts Matthew McConaughey exhibiting classic leading man chops, a story communicating life-and-death stakes, and a cinematic dynamic trumpeting a James Bond-meets-Indiana Jones sensibility. The ingredients for the next great adventure film are all there, but they result in something strangely uninteresting. The parts may shine, but the sum is lackluster.
Starring McConaughey as Clive Cussler's adventurer, Dirk Pitt, "Sahara" follows Pitt and comrades on on odyssey involving Civil War-era shipwrecks, African plagues, and general derring-do. The plot combines an audacious hodge-podge of elements and easily retains the treasure-hunting, techno-adventuresome spirit of Cussler's novels.
Unfortunately, that story is executed with such a vanilla cinematic energy that what should enchant and excite falls flat.…
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.
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…
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 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…
Dumb and fun. Not sure why this got shat upon so much. Exactly what it tries to be.
"There's no way that should have worked, right?" -Steve Zahn
Sahara is surprisingly entertaining, so long as you suspend all disbelief.
This actually worked in... most ways. Pretty fun and enjoyable, a little too long. Kind of stopped paying attention for the last half hour. I was living for the dad rock soundtrack and the super intense score. Matthew McConaughey was the most typical Matthew McConaughey, shirtless introduction and all. I loved Smurfette, I mean Penelope Cruz. Not sure why I disliked it so much when I first saw it but definitely better the second time around.
There was so much potential here!!! Way better than I thought it was going to be, but with some editing it could have been legitimately good.
I'll start this off the bat, this the best movie of shitember so far. Granted Sahara is generic as hell, but there's enjoyment to be had in it. The leads are all good and fun and the action is pretty cool to watch admittedly and the locations look great. What's the problem with this film is that yeah, it's generic as hell. You've seen this before and you know how it'll play out. It's clear that they were trying to turn this into the new Indiana jones. I mean, it has the ingredients of an Indiana jones film. Charismatic yet ass kicker explorer, funny sidekick, hot chick, crazy bad guy with an army and everyone after something. In fact, I'll…
"No, I only know how to say, "I don't speak English" in English"
Sahara is generic, like, really generic. There's nothing utterly awful here in the same way there is nothing really impressive. Funny thing is Sahara reminded me a lot of the Uncharted series of games, most specifically Drakes Deception due to its desert setting, and how nongeneric those games are. So, being such a big fan of those games, the parallels between the two are almost hard to ignore and how Uncharted-lite this feels. Charismatic lead with some good one liners, check. Attractive female companion, check. Offbeat sidekick, check. Villain with an awesome accent, check. And yes, I know Sahara came first, it still doesn't change that matter…
I watched this on Region B DVD.
I really don't know why this film is liked as much as it should be, in fact I'm rather surprised it didn't make much money at the Box Office when it was first released.
It has everything for a fun action adventure. A great historical plot about missing gold, it's very reminiscent of what made Indiana Jones great back in the day. It's really easy to just watch and be entertained. It sets itself mainly in Africa and has a great plot regarding the country. The third act may become a little too much action orientated and does forget about he adventurous nature of what came before.
The performances are good from all the leads and even the supporting cast are great. The two leads have fantastic chemistry and Penelope Cruz is really well written, she doesn't feel forced into the film and can stand on her own.
Nothing special, but passes the time, and some fun characters. I'd watch another Dirk Pitt.
"There's no way that should have worked."
But it did work and resulted in one super fun and enjoyable movie. I love it and I'm not embarrassed to admit it. It's an extremely entertaining mix of genres: action, adventure, comedy, romace, drama. Sure, perhaps that's a cliche combination, but it's effectively done and chooses to take a slightly different path than similar films. The romantic subplot is extremely minor, with the vast majority of the genre emphasis on action and humanitarian environmental drama. The action sequences are exhilarating and move the story forward well as do the slower sections. The 70s rock soundtrack doesn't hurt either.
I saw this film in theaters and I distinctly remember thinking that I was…
These are films that I've seen over the years that I've either liked or loved, but A LOT of people…