SAHARA: Tarzan & Savages

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Let me preface this review by saying: One of my favorite film genres is Action- Adventure-- I enjoy the Indiana Jones kind of film. I've also admired actor Matthew McConaughey since the 1996 film “A Time to Kill� where his character defended a Black father, played by Samuel L. Jackson, who killed racist rednecks for the brutal rape of his daughter.
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Hopefully “<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on">Sahara</st1:place>â€? can be explained as a situation where he had already signed the contract to do the film before he read the script. If not, his agent should be drawn and quartered. In all honesty, it's difficult to be completely fair because I kept dozing off during the first 30 minutes of this Tarzan meets Birth of a Nation-white-man-make-fire yawner. 

This movie is literally about white men stealing, poisoning, murdering and beating just about every Black man they encounter. Here's the plot: an ex-navy seal turned master explorer named Dirk Pitt (played by Matthew McConaughey)-the last name should have given him and his handlers a hint-- and Al Giordino, his wise cracker sidekick (played by Steve Zahn) just so happen to stumble across Doctor Eva Rojas (played by Penelope Cruz) as they treasure hunt a long lost Civil War battleship and somehow go off course

The good doctor is trying to save the “savagesâ€? of West Africa from a mysterious plague but everyone is trying to kill her, and in the vastness of Africa Matthew manages to find her like a million times and comes to the rescue to save her from the greedy, evil and corrupt African general who of course is backed by another white diabolical genius. Matthew and Penelope realize there might be a connection between the missing battleship and the mysterious deaths. "Ah ha!" bad acting abounds and every overdone plot cliché is thrown in to boot.  <o:p></o:p>

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