OK. To be completely fair here, I can't put the total blame for "Sahara" being an utter failure on the exquisite shoulders of the beautifully radiant Brooke Shields. I'd sure like to, but, alas, I cannot.I mean, even though darling Brooke may very well be about the worst actress alive on the entire face of this whole planet, there's certainly a whole lot more to "Sahara's" dang-blasted problem than just Brooke's inability to act (the poor, untalented dear).'Cause, believe me - "Sahara" really is a tacky film, all round.And, just remember - While watching "Sahara" that any resemblance this film may have to actually being good movie-entertainment is purely a hallucination.
I love adventure and action movies as much as the next person. Sahara is not the best I've seen, but there are worse out there. Clive Cussler's source material is a wonderful piece of work, and due to have more succinct writing and a more engaging story-the story here has alterations- is superior. But the film is a solid and underrated film in its own right.Plus I usually don't like comparing movies to their source material, to me they're different mediums and should be judged on their own merits..I often have heard and seen comparisons with the Indianna Jones movies, and that Sahara rips them off. I love those movies, well the first three anyway(fourth was mediocre) but to me while Sahara does have that vibe and like the Indy movies are adventure/action films they are all different and recommendable films in their own way.Sahara mayn't be perfect, while the script is mostly witty and the story exciting and engaging, there can be some disbelief in the dialogue and the film meanders at the end both in credibility and pacing.However, Sahara is visually stunning. I have seen many visually beautiful films, but with the majestic landscapes/settings and sparkling cinematography that has an epic sweep to it it is one of the more visually stunning films I've seen recently.The soundtrack is also very well done, fitting with both the tone and genre and memorable. The action is every bit as exciting as the story and well choreographed and the direction is solid. I thought the acting was fine on the most part, Matthew McConaughey has just the right charisma for the role, and Penelope Cruz is beautiful and suitably foxy.Steve Zahn has some great humorous lines and scenes and thankfully doesn't grate, William H. Macy is perfect here and likewise with a very enjoyable Lennie James. Delroy Lindo on the other hand is rather underused.Overall, solid, fun and underrated. Not perfect but better than some have said, at least in my view. 8/10 Bethany Cox 2b1af7f3a8