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Sahara
Review Review by Ross Anthony

"Saraha" brings back that globe sweeping epic feel of yesteryear with a Bing and Bob banter. I like it. While McConaughey has given better performances, he's still adequate here (likewise Penelope Cruz). Steve Zahn, on the other hand, absolutely rocks as the quirky sidekick. He's solidly likeable, modestly clutch, and oddly very much like that strange kid in college that you couldn't help but admire and feel sorry for at the same time.

Though at times the film certainly stretches the believability factor, it is always engaging, always fun, and light with moments of strong tension. Well directed, well edited, Eisner unfolds an interesting story that leads us along with Dirk and Al as they venture to the edges of their burning curiosity. "Sahara" fills the screen with exotic locations: sandy beaches, sandy deserts, ocean, crowded African marketplaces, while clicking along at a healthy lively pace.

From the press notes which were accidentally sent to me in Spanish: "Simplemente, Dirk no padria sobrevivir sn Al," afirma Zahn. "laro que Dirk es guapo, atractivo, bue conversador y todo unpolitico. Pero Al es quien sae como se ajustan las tuercas, por asi decir. Tienen disttintas habilidades y juntos son un duo imparable. Siempre que hay peligro, Dirk se lanza primero peroAl va detras de el, aunque seguirlo a Dirk no sea aveces la via mas aconsejable."


  • Sahara. Copyright © 2005.
  • Starring Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penelope Cruz, Lambert Wilson, Glynn Turman with Delroy Lindo and William H. Macy.
  • Directed by Breck Eisner.
  • Screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly & Joshua Oppenheimer and John C. Richards and James V. Hart, based on the novel by Clive Cussler.
  • Produced by Howard Baldwin, Karen Baldwin, Mace Neufeld and Stephanie Austin at Paramount/Bristol Bay/ Baldwin /Kanzaman.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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