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Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey in 'Sahara'

Movie Info


PG-13 for action violence


Action Thriller


Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, Steve Zahn, William H. Macy, Lambert Wilson, Lennie James, Glynn Turman, Delroy Lindo, and Rainn Wilson


Breck Eisner


Clive Cussler


Paramount Pictures


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Dr. Tom Snyder
MovieGuide Magazine

CBN.comSahara, based on Clive Cussler’s blockbuster novel, stars Matthew McConaughey as Cussler’s seafaring hero, Dirk Pitt. Steve Zahn co-stars as Dirk’s sarcastic, lovable sidekick, All Giordino. While hunting for a lost Confederate ironclad ship in West Africa, Dirk and Al are forced to forego their treasure hunt when a United Nations doctor, played by Penelope Cruz, runs afoul of an evil African warlord and his slick French business partner. The doctor has found that the two villains are running a solar energy plant that’s spewing chemical waste into the Niger River, causing a plague that may get out of control.

Sahara is a slam-bang, hugely entertaining action flick that gives new meaning to the term high energy. It is also funny, smart and exhilarating. Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn make the perfect team, and Penelope Cruz has never been more appealing. First-time director Breck Eisner does a fabulous job. Despite some light foul language, one strong profanity and plenty of action violence, Sahara is a worthwhile entertainment with a crazy, but compassionate hero who is willing to help others, even if it means risking his own life and foregoing the treasure. Sahara really rocks.

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Motion Picture Group
Paramount Pictures
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