I just saw a sneak preview of Sahara last night.. found out about the free tickets at the last minute & jumped at the chance! This isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really categorized as a science fiction movie, but at many points it sure felt like it. Some aspects of the movie were much too hard to believe.
Steve Zahn is a favorite comedian of mine, & I usually enjoy Matthew McConaughey films. Penelope Cruz, I could take or leave. And my opinions of them didn’t change after this movie.
I’ll give a basic rundown of the plot for those who don’t know much about the film.
Dirk (McConaughey) has a life-long goal of finding a legendary Civil War battleship. When he receives a old Confederate coin from a local in Africa, he believes the ship somehow made its way across the ocean and into Africa. The other story (which became the main plot & somehow overlapped DirkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s story) was about a couple doctors in search of a source of what they think is the beginnings of a plague that had started spreading through certain villages in Northwest Africa. The plot was really stretching it at points, especially trying to get the two stories to converge. At times I felt like I was watching two separate movies. But I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to give anything away to those who will watch the film.
All-in-all it was a very fun, action/adventure movie. Without Steve Zahn though, I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have liked it as much. He added a lot of laughs in areas where the movie might have draggedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and in some areas where there was action happening too! I think they hired Cruz on just her looks or cool accent, because she definitely didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t shine as an actress. She was in most of the movie, but she had the personality of a houseplant. McConaughey played the same role he always doesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the cute, funny, hero… who needs a shave.