When it’s over, Dirk Pitt is a combination of three characters - Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Benjamin Franklin Gates. Need I say more? Big adventure, a bit of techiness, and treasure hunting puts Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) and best buddie, Al (Steve Zahn), in West Africa in search of a lost Civil War battleship. Finding the lost battleship gets complicated when he meets a UN doctor (Penelope Cruz), who is targeted by a local dictator in cohorts with a corrupt businessman. Based on the book by Clive Cussler, Sahara offers plenty of entertainment, even though much of it is unrealistic. I mean, even with hundreds of bullets coming at them and explosions in all directions, the good guys come out unscathed, which I suppose is forgivable in this rollicking film. Good afternoon flick alongside a big bowl of popcorn. Crunch!
My rating: 3 out of 5
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