Based on the novel by Clive Cussler, Sahara the movie was released in 2005. Starring Matthew McConaughey as Dirk Pitt and the exotic Penolope Cruz as Dr. Eva Rojas this is a fast paced adventure movie which requires the viewer to suspend reality. Dirk Pitt is the hero, a man who can fight off three armed men and survive without a scratch…and he is focused on finding a civil war battleship on the coast of Africa. He is joined by his sidekick Al (played by the very funny Steve Zahn). When Dirk rescues the lovely Dr. Eva Rojas as she is trying to uncover an illness which is killing off the locals, his search for the ship becomes more complicated. Suddenly the fate of the world’s water is at risk and only Dirk and his merry crew of misfits can save the day.
Believe it or not, this all works.
Exciting, humorous, and fun…my husband and I really enjoyed this escapist movie. And Matthew McConaughey was not too hard on the eyes either!
Just in case you are wondering WHY I am reviewing a movie…this was one of the alternate media available for The Social Justice Challenge for the month of February. The theme for this month was water, and although Sahara was a bit of a stretch, it did fit the theme.
The mystery at the heart of this movie is why the locals are dropping dead. What Dirk and Dr. Rojas discover is that the government of Mali is burying chemical waste which is leaching into the underground water system and bleeding into the Niger River. Unchecked, the poisons are threatening not only the local water supplies, but the Atlantic Ocean as well! Pretty far fetched – but the point is a good one. We can’t simply bury our waste and expect our groundwater to stay pure.