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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…
"yeah but no"
i enjoy the main cast (hey rainn wilson, where did you come from?), william h macy in there too and a few other recognisables. solid acting but probably just too much of an action flick for me. the actual story was not as magical as I thought it was going to be, more political I suppose! still... alright alright alright
This thing gets a bad rap, but I'm not sure it's totally deserving. The concepts involved are really great and unique (iron battle ship from the civil war in the sahara desert? The giant solar array? A killer virus?) it's goofy, sure, but that's okay. This thing sort of reminds me of the cheesy, action adventure movies of my youth. It's part "Men at Work", part " King Solomon's Mines", part Naughty Dog's video game series "Uncharted" with a dash of Bond.
Steve Zahn is a great sidekick as are a lot of the other side characters.
Plus I like all of the practical explosions. And there are a lot of them. :)
I decided to give this movie another chance after really disliking it the first time I watched it a few months ago. Upon rewatch, I actually really enjoyed this film! The story was fun, the production values looked great, the performances and chemistry were solid, and the action set pieces were very entertaining and even creative at times. Also, the film has a good sense of humor which made me laugh quite a few times, and it had very strong stunt work. The two biggest issues that I still have are that characters are underdeveloped, and although I enjoyed the action for the most part, it is over edited at times. There are too many cuts in some of the…
when I saw this at age 12 it was the greatest action movie ever made. since havent seen it since like 2007 though.
Steve Zahn is just incredible funny in this one.
But movie is good with a lot of great moments.
This was probably a stupid movie, but I remember liking it, so I'm going to give it a decent rating.
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.
It's over, it's finally over. Here I rank every film I saw as part of Shitember, a marathon I'm positive…