Picture from Sahara
Overall B

Based on an adventure story by author Clive Cussler, the heroic duo Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConoughey) and his life-long pal Al Giordina (Steve Zahn) set out to find a lost boat and sunken treasure--and end up in the Sahara saving the world.

Violence C-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity B
Substance Use B-

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for action violence.

Talk to your kids about…


What are the laws concerning buried artifacts? Who owns them once they are uncovered? Do treasure hunters play an important role in finding and preserving antiquities from the past or are they simply destroying historical sites?

Dirk Pitt has a passion for the ironclad Texas. What is your special interest? Would you be willing to go to the lengths Dirk does to pursue it?

What responsibilities do international agencies like the World Health Organization have in countries around the globe? What kind of support can they give the local citizens? Should aid workers be sent in during times of volatile warfare?

To find the facts about Mali, one of the poorest countries in the world, check the CIA World Factbook.

Author Clive Cussler is an expert on marine and maritime history and collects antique automobiles—two elements within this movie. Read more about him on this page.