Wednesday, April 20, 2005


I went to see Sahara last night with Keith, Heather and the folks instead of going to their place for dinner. It's based on a Clive Cussler novel of the same name and the hero, Dirk Pitt, is played by Matthew McConaughey.
Our trepid adventurer is on the river Niger in West Africa searching for an American civil war Ironclad that was supposedly sailed accross the Atlantic to a watery grave. He saves the life of a W.H.O. doctor, played by Penélope Cruz, who is investigating the sudden appearance of a plague. Their paths are inexplicably linked when they expose the epidemic to be the work of a tyrant and team up to stop the plague from becoming a worldwide catastrophe. Along the way Dirk uncovers the truth behind the Ironclad and has many an adventure on the way.
I was expecting this to be a collossal work of torture to watch but I was very pleasantly surprised.
The film itself is very cheesy but it is self-acknowledgingly so and therefore you can enjoy the lighter side to the film. Dirks sidekick Al Giordino, played by Steve Zahn, provides most of the comic relief and he pulls this off to a tee. If you enjoyed Indiana Jones then you'll enjoy this because you'll have been suspending your disbelief of the subject matter to enjoy a bumper ride of a film.
I would give this 3.5 sand dunes out of 5.



Anonymous Skry said...

Only 3.5 sand dunes out of five?!? That movie rocked!! Certainly worth suspending at leas 4.5 beliefs out of 5... It's top of the US charts (2 weeks running) and straight in at #1 in the UK charts too.

Go see it or I'll make a small explosive charge out of double-sided sticky tape, a yoghurt carton and some pipe cleaners and secret it in a letter to Tony Hart. It's movie or Morph - you decide!!!

6:52 am  
Blogger Jay Tea said...

I gave it 3.5/5 because although the movie was a good action romp, it's hardly pushing the genre forward as it's basically a rip-off of Indiana Jones, James Bond etc. If it came out 20 years ago it would have got a higher score but it didn't and so I think 3.5 is a fair marking.

7:51 pm  

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