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|whitbycolin||Posted on May 2 2010, 06:48 PM|
| I'm a huge fan of action movies and obviously a committed CC fan. But as much a I liked Raise the Titanic (I was younger then) I didn't really like Sahara.
My poll results would therefore reflect D, 2, D. I accept that it would have been hard to retain all of the book within one film but the characters simply did not seem to mirror the book characters. Had I not read so many of Clive's novel it is possible I might have enjoyed the movie more?
See my latest post about the movie goofs.
|Buzz Knight||Posted on Apr 15 2010, 10:29 PM|
|A 1 a Great flick !! Loved it !!!|
|Lefty||Posted on Jun 20 2009, 06:23 PM|
| A : Sahara is a great movie. It's not Forest Gump, but it's very enjoyable to watch more than once or twice.
2 : Sahara somewhat followed the book. I don't think you could fit any CC book into a movie time slot. They got most of the main points in, and I didn't find myself going "hey, they missed that part" while watching.
c : The characters in the movie were somewhat like the characters in the book.
There isn't an actor alive that could fill the shoes of a CC character. That's why they call it fiction. McConaughey was reasonable stand in for Dirk, Steve Zahn was pretty good, too. The rest, well, I'm with everyone else that posted.
I'd say more, but poster "Northwest Truefan" pretty well sumed up my take on it all.
|pink little birdie||Posted on Jan 30 2009, 01:12 PM|
A : Sahara is a great movie
Def my top four which otherwise includes shawshank, bridge on river Kwai and 10 things.
2 : Sahara somewhat followed the book
it's hard to make a novel into a movie and do it proper justice... some scenes I would have left out and some I would have included. but I still loved it.
c : The characters in the movie were somewhat like the characters in the book
I heart Matthew McConnachey and after he was Dirk pitt I went out and brought a bunch of his movies and will still go see one of his movies cos he's in it (Julia Stiles and Kirsten Dunst or the only other stars I do this for).
|mark niks116||Posted on Jan 19 2009, 07:49 PM|
Nick Kitt is the person was is posting on the IMDB the review i posted on Arctic Drift is from Nick Kitt who ever this person is he just a person who a bitter person when it comes to Clive's work
|CCfansince1976||Posted on Jan 19 2009, 07:27 PM|
| The point is moot with all the drama surrounding the lawsuits.
The name Cussler is kryptonite to Hollywood for the foreseeable future... sad, as I enjoyed Sahara and looked forward to two additional movies.
|JohnChar||Posted on Dec 20 2008, 10:45 PM|
| b 3 c
Seems to us if they can make movies like the "National Treasure" series and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, they could make Cussler movies that are true to the books as far as convoluted plots and unbelievable (computer-generated) action scenes. We suspect they just didn't have the budget to do "Sahara" justice.
Matthew as Dirk was pretty good except for the lack of "steel" that Dirk possesses when necessary. Did appreciate his dedication to the movie - touring in his Sahara bus and all. Al just wasn't Al, but we liked the character. Might have helped if he looked like our Al . . . I absolutely love William H. Macy, but he might not have been my first choice as Sandecker. (How about Harrison Ford or Tom Selleck ?) That being said, I think Macy is very capable of playing the part differently - how much of his (and others) performance(s) were due to possibly never having read any Cussler and/or poor direction?
All in all, we think it was a good enough movie, just not what it could have been as "Sahara".
P.S. Got us thinking so we watched it again and upgraded it to a "b". It's a good action movie and a fun romp through the desert. Macy's Sandecker was better than I remembered. But honestly, don't we all picture these characters as we read? You'll never find anyone to fit everyone's idea of who the character "is".
|oswalder||Posted on Dec 5 2008, 05:24 PM|
Clearly that person's opinion is going to differ from a LOT of Cussler readers, many of whom hold Sahara in their top 3 all time Cussler books. I guess if you didn't like the book, you'd be justified in thinking the movie was good. If you liked the book, you'd be hard pressed to enjoy the movie as anything other than a good adventure flick.
|mark niks116||Posted on Dec 5 2008, 04:42 PM|
| I posted some of the flaws in the movie on IMDB.com oh man i got yelled at big time and some of the names that Cussler lets but it this way some are not fit to post here.
But here is what one person said about Arctic Drift
ARCTIC DRIFT,the new Dirk Pitt book, is upon us !!!
In ARCTIC DRIFT, Cussler and son Dirk imagine the U.S. and Canada on the brink of war in their third Dirk Pitt novel writing as a team. In 2011, as the price of gas hits $10 a gallon, President Garner Ward must contend with a corrupt Canadian cabal that's subverting efforts to solve America's energy problems. Pitt barely escapes serious injury when a bomb destroys a D.C. lab along with records of research into an artificial photosynthesis process that could, almost immediately, eliminate the threat of global warming. That discovery may be connected with a legendary failed 19th-century sailing expedition to the Arctic as well as a series of deaths due to the phenomena that the Native Americans of British Columbia know as the Devil's Breath. The Cusslers won't suspend many readers' disbelief as yet another plot becomes far fetched and borders on the absurd, but Cussler fans in search of a quick, exciting read should be satisfied since preposterous adventure is their thing.Less twins,thankfully, with more of Dirk and Al,which,hopefully,will be a continuing tread, even as they approach late middle age. As a series of thrillers the Dirk Pitt books take a beating in the reality department,but that's nothing new to Pitt fans.
Clearly,the overbearing Cussler father and son continue their kitchen sink style of writing,including unbelievable and ludicrous idea after idea in a format designed for the more brain dead of readers which describe the rabid fan base that are conned time and again to propel the ridiculous stories to the best seller list. This novel would greatly benefit from a screenplay like the one that made the overstuffed and asinine book SAHARA into a a great adventure film.
|mark niks116||Posted on Nov 30 2008, 04:13 AM|
| If a person never read the book Sahara and got the movie then it would be a good movie.
But like most of us who have read the book can see the flaws in the movie i would give the movie a C-
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