Master explorer Dirk Pitt goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War battleship known as the "Ship of Death" in the deserts of West Africa while helping a UN doctor being hounded by a ruthless dictator.
Release Year: 2005
Rating: 5.9/10 (42,120 voted)
Critic's Score: 41/100
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz, Steve Zahn
Master explorer and former US Navy Seal Dirk Pitt and his wisecracking buddy Al Giordino goes on the adventure of a lifetime of seeking out a lost Civil War ironclad battleship known as the "Ship of Death" that protects a secret cargo is lost somewhere in the deserts of West Africa. But while the two cross paths with a beautiful and brilliant U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas who is being hounded by a ruthless dictator. She believes that the hidden treasure may be connected to a larger problem that threatens the world around them. Hunting for a ship that no one else thinks exists, Dirk, Al, and Eva must rely on their wits and their daring heroics to outsmart dangerous warlords, survive the threatening terrain, and get to the bottom of both mysteries.
Writers: Clive Cussler, Thomas Dean Donnelly
William H. Macy
Admiral Jim Sandecker
General Zateb Kazim
Gunboat 1 Officer
Pick Up Truck Guard
Dirk Pitt. Adventure has a new name.
Release Date: 8 April 2005
Filming Locations: Delta del Ebro, Tarragona, Cataluña, Spain
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $18,068,372
(10 April 2005)
(31 July 2005)
Did You Know?
The cast had camel-riding lessons during which they would have to ride the camel at full gallop for 90 minutes alongside a moving train.
Eva catches herself after slipping during the well-descent. In the next shot, she is seen gripping two handles inside the well to steady herself.
Sailor Who Drops Gold:
It's all right son, just keep moving. That's the future in your hands.
A fun time for all
I'm extremely perplexed at the lukewarm and especially the bad reviews
this one is getting from the professional critics, because my husband
and I both found it a very enjoyable romp. Yes, you have to suspend
your disbelief during some of the action sequences, but I don't
remember people complaining about the lack of realism in the Indy Jones
or "Romancing the Stone" series. The dialogue (especially the buddy
banter and William H. Macy's character) is amusing, the plot easy to
follow despite its complexities, and the action virtually nonstop. I
also found it refreshing for the sidekick to look like a doofus, but
actually more than hold his own during crunch time.
I can only assume the negative reactions are from fans of the book (I
have never read any Clive Custler, so it may well depart from it in
tone or otherwise.) But judged solely on its merits as a light-hearted
adventure movie, it more than met my expectations.