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Gold (2016)

December. 30,2016
| Adventure Drama Thriller

Kenny Wells, a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.


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Allison Davies

The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.


The biggest problem with this movie is it’s a little better than you think it might be, which somehow makes it worse. As in, it takes itself a bit too seriously, which makes most of the movie feel kind of dull.


Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.


'Gold (2016)' falls firmly into the category of bio-pics that favour a fast-pace and 'cool' facade, the ones that stick their big star into a quite unglamorous real-life role and have them narrate their way through a pretty predictable rags-to-riches (and usually back to rags again) plot. While it certainly isn't up to the gold standard of such features, it doesn't have a hard time grabbing its bronze-tier medal and holding onto it with both hands. Beneath the exact same aesthetic and overall presentation is a decent story, one which does surprise in a few key places and actually provides a sturdy vehicle for its leading man in which to ride about with wheel-spinning glee. It's usually entertaining enough to warrant its existence and also has the benefit of not being a prolific enough headline to come with expectations, in terms of its general plot and its actual journalistic integrity. It doesn't quite strike gold, but it's fairly fun to watch it try. 6/10


Big budget, but an uninspiring story lead by Matthew McConaughey (MC). Just couldn't connect with the characters. There is nothing sophisticated about this film. MC is as usual, over acting, but this is what you sign up for when he leads. Supporting cast is great. Not sure why Bryce Dallas Howard's character is for as a love interest. Their relationship makes zero connection with the audience. A very long drawn out story with some minor climaxes. The plot is quite thin and the direction and editing do not bring the audience onboard. Overall a well made film, but the story is just not engaging and the characters forgettable.

Reno Rangan

Loosely based on the real. It's both a treasure hunt film, and a wall street tale. The great mix of two made it a fine film. Wall street based films always fascinates the grown-ups. So do this film. Matthew McConaughey playing in one of two main role, I thought it should have been called 'Fool's Gold 2'. You will know why I said that once you watch it, or maybe you know it already. But the end twist was something different, changed everything.The man who inherited the family business of mining, is now in the crisis of losing everything. His final move is to join the hand with another man struggling as same as he is. They both pull off successfully the initial hiccup. And after a long struggle, seems they had hit a bullseye. The lives have changed forever or is it! Another trouble follows them, following, the story reaches the end with a twist.At first, I thought it was like in the line of 'There Will Be Blood'. As the narration progresses, the gear changed between the two worlds. One being in the US and then in Indonesian Jungle. I thought the end should have been little more detail, but it still worked fine.An underrated film for sure. If it was a DiCaprio film, it would have been highly praised.Actually, I liked it. Well written screenplay and performances. Matthew McConaughey was awesome. We talk about actor like Johnny Depp for playing roles in awesome costumes, but this guy turned the roles to reality. It's either 'Dallas Buyer's Club' or this or any others. He deserves well respect more the big names right now. Thousand times better than accidental actor, DiCaprio.Edgar Ramirez was also good. Bryce Dallas Howard had an important role as well. Overall, This is one of the films not to miss from the 2016 calender. It could have been a box office bomb, but definitely will be recognised as the time pass by. I would surely suggest it to anybody.8/10


Matthew McConaughey, Edward Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard star in "Gold" from 2016, based on the Bre-X gold mine scandal in Canada.After his father dies and the fourth-generation prospecting business goes belly-up, Kenny Wells (McConaughey) does not want to give up on his dream of finding gold in them thar hills.He approaches a well-known geologist, Michael Acosta (Ramirez) and talks him into partnering with him. Michael hasn't found gold either but thinks he knows where in Indonesia to look. Wells manages to get a few investors and the two go to work, but without luck. It's looking like another failure, especially when the workers quit. Knowing they need fresh water in their community, Michael lures them back to work by providing purifying systems for them.Wells contracts malaria and is out of it for weeks. But when he is well, he learns that Michael has found gold. Their subsequent success is enormous.This is one of those pathetic stories we've seen and heard about a million times - Enron, Madoff, etc., etc., where no one questions anything because -- as Wells says at the end -- everyone is making too much money. This to me was one of the more outrageous stories. It's amazing to me that enormous corporations will buy into anything, no matter how stupid, if they think they can make a few dollars.The film is entertaining, with McConaughey a vision with his shaved head, 45-pound weight gain and false teeth, giving a fine performance as a man who looks like a loser and kind of acts like one. Ramirez is subtle and underplayed, in good contrast to the bombastic Kenny.Nice ending.