Breck Eisner’s 2005 film, “Sahara,” adapts the 1992 novel of the same name by Clive Cussler. In the story, Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey), Al Girodino (Steve Zahn), retired Admiral James Sandecker (William H. Macy), and retired Commander Rudi Gunn (Rainn Wilson) work for the NUMA organization to recover sunken antiquities and shipwrecks. While in Africa, Dirk starts looking for a Confederate ironclad that fled Virginia near the end of the Civil War laden down with gold and supposedly made it to West Africa. Along the way, they must help Dr. Eva Rojas (Penélope Cruz), a doctor with the WHO, who discovered what appears to be a plague spreading through the water in Mali. Her investigation raises the hackles of local warlord General Kazim (Lennie James) and Yves Massarde (Lambert Wilson), a businessman working with General Kazim, so Dirk and Al must postpone their search for the Confederate gold to help Dr. Rojas uncover the cause of the plague. The production on this film is wonderful, with great character development, tense action scenes, and some real comedy. It’s everything a movie viewer could want in an action flick. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be a sequel anytime soon, which is a pity as McConaughey, Zahn, and Macy make a good team.