Movie Review: Sahara (2005)

Synopsis: While searching for a lost Civil War ironclad he believes is in the land-locked African country of Mali, explorer Dirk Pitt and his partners offer passage to a pair of doctors from the World Health Organization and wind up being caught in the middle of a violent cover up related to a mysterious disease that is sweeping the war-torn country.

Who's in it? The movie stars Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz, William H. Macy and Lennie James.

Review: I had planned on grilling some chicken drumsticks when I got home yesterday evening. However, it looked like it was about to start raining so I ended up making the chicken in the oven instead. Since I was in the house and had to wait for the meat to cook, I ended up flipping through our movie channels and came across this film.

I had seen this movie a couple times but it had been a while and I couldn't remember too much about it. After seeing it again, I have to say it ended up being better than I remembered.

I'm actually not a huge Matthew McConaughey fan, largely because his characters all tend to be the same (the same could be said of Steve Zahn too). But, in this particular case, his personality works really well, especially since the film called for a mix of both action and comedy.

In fact, I actually thought his character, Dirk Pitt, was somewhat intriguing. He was a guy with an agenda but was willing to drop everything and even risk his life if he saw someone in need. Plus, his ability to improvise and get out of sticky situations with something as simple as a coin reminded me a lot of the television show MacGyver.

Plus, while Zahn's character was (once again) a clone of others I've seen him play, I did think him and McConaughey had good chemistry. They were very believable as long-time friends.

My only real complaint about this movie is there is an over abundance of bad guys. This wouldn't normally be a bad thing. But, since they weren't always working together, it was sometimes a little difficult to keep track of who the heroes were supposed to be concerned about. Given the already complex plot, it would have been better to streamline that a little bit.

Final Opinion: The movie does require you to pay attention because there is a lot going on and a lot of players involved. However, it is a decent action film that is worth taking the time to watch at least once.

My Grade: B


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