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Sahara

"Sahara" is a bland adventure comedy that's a shoddy derivative of "Indiana Jones" mixed with the James Bond franchise. Matthew McConaughey plays generic sun-kissed treasure finder Dirk Pitt busy searching for an iron clad Civil War ship in the middle of the Sahara desert with his quirky sidekick and longtime best friend Al Giordino (Steve Zahn). Penelope Cruz adds female distraction for the explorers as Eva Rojas a doctor working for the World Health Organization to remedy a plague sweeping Africa from an epicenter in Mali. Based on the novel by Clive Cussler ("Raise The Titanic") "Sahara" is a bloated spectacle movie that leaves you feeling like you've eaten too much cotton candy. Special features include audio commentary tracks with director Breck Eisner and Matthew McConaughey, a making-of featurette, a visual production featurette, outtakes and deleted scenes with optional commentary. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound quality delivered via choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0. (Movie - Two Stars, DVD features - One Star) Rated PG-13, 127 mins. (Paramount)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink