Sahara In Sahara , Matthew McConaughey is the literary hero Dirk Pitt, searching for a U.S. Civil War ship loaded with gold and entombed in Africa.… Sahara In Sahara , Matthew McConaughey is the literary hero Dirk Pitt, searching for a U.S. Civil War ship loaded with gold and entombed in Africa.…
DVD Review

Sahara (2005)

Sahara | ARID, EXTRA DRY The trio gets its just deserts
ARID, EXTRA DRY The trio gets its just deserts
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Aug 30, 2005; DVD Release Date: Aug 30, 2005; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genre: Action/Adventure; With: Matthew McConaughey; Distributor: Paramount Pictures

In Sahara, Matthew McConaughey is the literary hero Dirk Pitt, searching for a U.S. Civil War ship loaded with gold and entombed in Africa. Penelope Cruz is a beautiful doctor fighting a deadly plague. Steve Zahn is an actor apparently determined not to have Paul Giamatti's career. (Zahn's as likable as ever playing Dirk's buddy; we just want to see him stretch beyond the spotty action-adventure.)

EXTRAS Two director commentaries is self-aggrandizing, but we'd have forgiven Breck Eisner (son of Michael) if he'd discussed the McConaughey-Cruz romance in either. His solo audio track is full of boring film-school footnotes, but the one with McConaughey — clearly recorded before Sahara's release, since they're talkin' sequel — is fun and informative: You have to know the code word to get a camel to run fast (so thieves don't get far). The deleted scenes and making-ofs can't compete.

Originally posted Aug 26, 2005 Published in issue #837 Sep 02, 2005 Order article reprints
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