Theatrical Release: April 8, 2005
DVD Release: August 30, 2005


Searching for a treasure on the Nile, Dirk Pitt thwarts the attempted assassination of a beautiful U.N. scientist investigating a disease that is driving thousands of North Africans into madness, cannibalism, and death. The suspected cause of the raging epidemic is vast, unprecedented pollution that threatens to extinguish all life in the world’s seas. Racing to save the world from environmental catastrophe, Pitt and his team, equipped with an extraordinary, state-of-the-art yacht, run a gauntlet between a billionaire industrialist and a bloodthirsty West African tyrant. In the scorching desert, Pitt finds a gold mine manned by slaves and uncovers the truth behind two enduring mysteries — the fate of a Civil War ironclad and its secret connection with Lincoln’s assassination, and the last flight of a long-lost female pilot. Now, amidst the blazing, shifting sands of the Sahara, Dirk Pitt will make a desperate stand — in a battle the world cannot afford to lose!

Dove Review

“Sahara” is another PG-13 rated film that shows restraint in regard to offensive content. While there are many violent scenes, they are not graphic in nature and do not show too much detail. There are scenes with bullets flying but no graphic killings or injuries are shown. Things blow up with people in them, but again, nothing is really shown other than the objects blowing up. While there is some foul language it is mild for a PG-13 film.

“Sahara” relies on some action packed scenes with good acting by McConaughey and Zahn. The storyline is somewhat far-fetched. In one part, a Civil War Ironclad ship is lost in the middle of the desert. Another scene shows leaking chemicals that are poisoning the water supply in Africa. I felt they did a good job, though, of bringing the two storylines together smoothly. “Sahara” is similar to “National Treasure” in that they both are adventure films that are free from the objectionable elements contained in many of today’s films, especially ones that have been rated PG-13. Parents, though, should be aware of the violence and language still present in “Sahara” and should look to the content description below for specifics in deciding whether this film is right for their family.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kiss.
Language: H-7; OMG-3; D-2; A-2.
Violence: Many gunfight scenes with people killed, but not graphic in nature; man shot at close range; some hand to hand combat scenes with punches and kicks; chase scenes with boats exploding; cut on man's head with some blood shown; helicopter explodes.
Drugs: Some drinking; some cigar smoking.
Nudity: Man's butt crack shown above pants.
Other: None


Company: Paramount
Director: Breck Eisner
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 127 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Steve Zahn, Penélope Cruz
Reviewer: Dave Lukens