ADVENTURE HAS A NEW DESTINATION.
Adventurer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) comes to Mali to find a Civil War ironclad that made its way to Africa in 1865; he joins forces with a WHO doctor (Penélope Cruz). An adventure flick of the classical kind that benefits from its African locations. The movie has a certain charm, OK action sequences and fairly amusing heroes – but that’s all there is to it. Director Breck Eisner raises the temperature in the final showdown, but the film’s general mediocrity is a problem, and so is the overlong running time.
2005-U.S.-Britain-Germany-Spain. 127 min. Color. Directed by Breck Eisner. Novel: Clive Cussler. Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Dirk Pitt), Penélope Cruz (Eva Rojas), Steve Zahn (Al Giordino), William H. Macy, Delroy Lindo, Lambert Wilson.
Trivia: Hugh Jackman was allegedly considered for the part of Pitt. The character previously appeared in the film Raise the Titanic! (1980).