Directed by: Breck Eisner
Premise: Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn play treasure hunters who team up with a member of the World Health Organization (Penelope Cruz) to solve a mysterious plague in Africa.
What Works: The film is a lot of fun. McConaughey and Zahn play well off each other in the familiar hero and sidekick roles. The film’s story is convoluted but it moves along along at a brisk enough pace to allow for massive improbabilities to slide. The action sequences are pretty standard but exciting.
What Doesn’t: This is not brilliant filmmaking. The basic premise of the story, that an American Civil War ship somehow ran aground in the middle of the African desert, demands such a suspension of disbelief that it is hard to take Sahara seriously. The ending does not help, as it makes some pretty big leaps in the logic.
Episode: #47 (April 10, 2005)