Saturday, April 23, 2005

Surprises in the Desert

Kevin and I were in need of some mindless entertainment last night, so we went to see Sahara. Surprisingly, it was a lot of fun. I expected the standard bad dialogue and gagging oneliners but there weren't any. Too my surprise, it was a tightly plotted adventure movie and Penelope Cruz didn't completely suck.

The most implausable plot element, the Civil War Ironclad that sails across the Atlantic and gets lost in Africa, isn't all that far fetched, especially when we consider the benchmark film for all other action adventure stories involves a search for the Lost Ark of the Covenant. The pending ecological disaster subplot dovetails nicely with the treasure hunting plot, which is a plus. I fully expected to be swinging back and forth from maudeline eco-histrionics to cut throat adventure but was pleased with how the script writers, all sixteen of them, managed to segway from one to the other and back again without breaking anyone's neck or stretching credibility too far.

On the Indiana Jones scale of adventure movies, I give it 4 out of 5 fedoras.


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9/26/2005 8:09 AM  

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