December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

July 12, 2012

Sahara (2005)

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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