(DVD, 2005, Widescreen)
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- mintex03Aug 08, 2012by
Sahara (DVD, 2005, Widescreen)
Once again Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) and his lifelong pal and best friend, Al Giordino (Steve Zahn), are on another treasure hunt in Clive Cussler's "SAHARA". This time they are looking for the fabled Civil War Confederate Ironclad "TEXAS". The story has it that it crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1865 and made it all the way to Africa and up the Niger River where it disappeared, and has never since been seen. On a tip from an antiquities dealer in Nigeria, Dirk acquires a $20 gold coin, one of only five minted, by the Confederacy in 1865, and found in Mali!
Dirk and Al convince their boss, retired Admiral James Sandecker (William H. Macy), and NUMA, to let them go to Mali and search. Upon arriving, they meet Doctor Eva Rojas (Penelope Cruz) and her associate, Dr. Frank Hopper (Glynn Turman), both with the World Health Organization. They are going to Mali to try and find the source of a deadly epidemic, spreading through the land. Dirk and Al give them a lift on their boat.
A French businessman, Yves Massarde, and a warlord/dictator, General Kazim, who controls half of Mali, are trying to stop them. After dropping the doctors off, Dirk and Al discover strange bacteria in the Niger River that can only be from hazardous waste contamination. This stuff is flowing towards the ocean, and killing many people along the way. All of a sudden, Dirk and Al come under fire from soldiers of this General Kazim. Narrowly escaping, but with the loss of Sandecker's Yacht, they are afoot in Africa. The WHO people also come under fire and all are killed except Dr. Rojas (Cruz). She teams up with Dirk and Al in an attempt to find the source of the contamination. They trace it to a secret solar powered plant in the middle of the Mali Desert. In truth, the contamination is coming from this plant and seeping through the well system into the river.
As the movie progresses, the plant owner, Massarde, fearing discovery as the source of the contamination, attempts to blow up the plant with Dirk, Al, and Eva, locked inside. In the mean time, they have been trying to stir up the inhabitants against the Dictator General Kazim. He is moving against Dirk and his party, and anyone else in his way. By accident they discover the rusted wreck of the Ironclad Texas, and while under attack by Kazim's forces, take refuge inside. With the help of a 150 year old cannon and a very lucky shot, they manage to kill Kazim, and with the opposition forces, stop his army. As a bonus, they discover thousands of Confederate gold coins on-board the Texas.
In the closing scene, Yves Massarde is having lunch in a restaurant with another man. He is brought water to his table laced with the same contaminant that killed hundreds of others.Read full review
- fashionpassionf...Feb 03, 2009by
THE TREASURE HUNT IS ON!
Features Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, William H. Macy & Steve Zahn
Running Time:123 Min.
Dirk Pitt is a modern-day, treasure-hunter. With the experience of serving in the Navy under his belt, Pitt joins the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA) with childhood pal Al Giordino (comic relief Steve Zahn) as they search for artifacts and other historically-important trinkets under the dime of Admiral James Sandecker (William H. Macy). Dirk has been long searching for an ironclad Confederate ghost ship that was lost at sea towards the end of the Civil War, and the recovery of a Confederate gold coin off the coast of Mali delivers his first clue in years.On his way to Africa, Dirk saves the life of a World Health Organization doctor (Penelope Cruz) after she is attacked by a group of mysterious soldiers on the beach. The doctor is investigating a possible plague that is swatting the African population, and the main source of the disease is originating from none other than Mali. How incredibly convenient for the pair of buddies to team up with the beautiful girl, but the evil General Kazim (Lennie James) isn’t going to let the trio of troublemakers ruin his plans for world domination without sending a few thousand troops to thwart their efforts.
Action-packed movie, will keep you glued to your seat!Would recommend to rent or buy!Hope this helps you decide!Thanks for reading! :)Read full review
- msbattleaxeAug 10, 2012by
Action packed, funny and captivating movie!! Great price too!
My best friend is an avid reader and a HUGE Clive Custer fan but has never seen this DVD. My daughter and I have watched this movie many times together and I knew my bff would love it as well. so naturally I just HAD to purchase it for his birthday!!! He loved it as much as he loved reading Mr. Custer's book ...grins ...and Penelope Cruz wans't bad for him to watch either! I give this DVD 5 stars!!
- roosters74harle...Mar 03, 2009by
SAHARA (2005,DVD )
"SPECTACULAR "! IT'S INDIANA JONES' AND 'JAMES BOND' ROLLED INTO ONE INCREDIBLY FUN FILM TO WATCH." THERE IS A LEGEND OF A TREASURE THAT CLAIMS ALL WHO SEEK IT... SCOURING THE OCEAN DEPTHS FOR TREASURE-LADEN SHIPWRECKS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL FOR THRILL-SEEKING UNDERWATER ADVENTURER (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY) AND HIS WISECRACKING BUDDY (STEVE ZAHN). BUT WHEN THESE TWO CROSS PATHS WITH A BEAUTIFUL DOCTOR (PENELOPE CRUZ), THEY FIND THEMSELVES ON THE ULIMATE TREASUE HUNT. SOON THE THREE ARE IN FOR THE RIDE OF THEIR LIVES AS THEY CROSS THE BLISTERING NORTH AFRICAN TERRAIN,PITTING THEIR SKILLS AGAINST RUTHLESS ENEMIES BENT ON WORLD DESTRUCTION. IN A RACE AGAINST TIME, THIS TRIO OF UNLIKELY HEROS MUST UNRAVEL THE CLUES, SOLVE THE MYSTERY AND SAVE THE WORLD IN "... A DELIRIOUS ESCAPE INTO ADVENTURE-SERIAL HEAVEN" THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY. "THIS IS ONE TERRIFIC MOVIE!"Read full review
- ke717dmAug 09, 2007by
Great movie...but the book was a little better
I watched Shara the first time because I am a huge fan of Clive Cussler and I wanted to see how true to the book the movie was. I watched the movie the 2nd, and 3rd, and 4th time because it was a great movie.
The movie followed the general premise of the book but didn't have all the details - I especially missed the twist on the Lncoln assassination that was in the book but not the movie. If you've never read the book, I would highly recommend reading it after watching this movie...the book gives alot more details and twists.
I was surprised at how well Matthew McConaughey played the character of Dirk Pitt. All of the actors did a wonderful job portraying Cussler's characters and bringing them to life.
This is a movie that you definitely won't mind watching again and again.