Parents' Guide to

Sahara

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Exciting action can't mask thin story, iffy representations.

Movie PG-13 2005 120 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

very good movie the review is wrong

This is a very good, entertaining film. There is a violence, especially at the beginning, there are some sad parts but overal it is a great adventure movie with lot of funny moments! And I absolutely don't understand why the review says there are some unpleasant approach towards minorities and women, cause I haven't notice anything like that. The bad guys in the movie behave as bad guys, that's to be expected, but there is definitely no racism or such!
age 12+

Hidden Gem!

Great action adventure film! Definitely recommend for a family movie night! If you like Indiana Jones you will enjoy this!

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Sahara feels more like a 1940s serial than a book written in 1991 -- or a movie made in 2005. The characters are too thin, the violence too careless, the suspension of disbelief required too strenuous, the treatment of non-Whites too stereotyped. Which is a shame, because it all get in the way of some terrifically exciting stunts and spirited action.

This movie would be good popcorn fun except that as you try to put your brain to sleep to sit back and enjoy the action, the careless carnage ruins it. Dirk and Al have no hesitation in blowing away battalions of uniformed troops without any real justification. The African villain says that "No one cares about (killing) Africans," but no one making the movie seems to have got the memo about how that's a bad thing. One saintly Black doctor character certainly doesn't make up for portraying other Africans as evil, ineffective, or, worst of all, expendable.

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