Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

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Kenny Wells, a prospector desperate for a lucky break, teams up with a similarly eager geologist and sets off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia.

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,471,316 (USA) (27 January 2017)

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$7,015,053 (USA) (10 February 2017)
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Second Matthew McConaughey film containing the word Gold in the title, the first being Fool's Gold (2008) See more »

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When Kenny Wells arrives in Jakarta, the long shot of Jakarta busy road is clearly contemporary. The taxis are all blue, the color of the popular Blue Bird Taxi brand in Jakarta. Yet the next shot, when he gets to his hotel, the taxis are suddenly all yellow and the car model is much older. See more »

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Kenny Wells: The guy who invented the hamburger was smart. But the guy who invented the cheeseburger... Genius.
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1880 Or So
Written by Tom Verlaine (as Thomas Verlaine), Billy Ficca, Richard Lloyd and Fred Smith
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So-so crime/treasure hunt movie fails to connect
29 January 2017 | by (Cincinnati) – See all my reviews

"Gold" (2016 release; 118 min.) brings the story of Kenny Wells. As the movie opens, we are "1981, Reno, Nevada", where we get to know Kenny, working at his dad's company, a mining outfit called Washoe Mining. We then move to "Seven Years Later". Kenny is having no luck finding underwriters for his next project. One day, he has a dream to go to Indonesia to find gold. He teams up with geologist Mike Acosta. When Kenny at a certain point is having doubts about their quest, Mike reminds him: "there is no right or wrong, just hits and misses". At this point we are 15 min. into the movie but top tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: the movie is "inspired by true events", we are told. To me that typically means "loosely inspired by true events", and we really have no idea how much of what we see on the big screen really happened or not. If anything, Hollywood takes this artistic license to tighten up the story line and dramatize it for our entertainment purposes. Sadly, director Stephen Gaghan (best known for his Oscar-winning script "Traffic") is not able to deliver on that promise. The movie is essentially a two-in-one: the search for gold (the initial 45 min.) and what happens after gold is found. The first part of the movie is a snoozer. Why? because we know going in that gold will be found! The second part is better, with a couple of nice twists towards the end. But even then, at no point did I feel emotionally interested in any of it, despite an all-out engaged (and chain-smoking) Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. Bryce Dallas Howard plays his on-and-off romantic interest/girlfriend. Keep your eye out for Craig T. Nelson (playing Kenny's dad). The photography (with Thailand standing in for Indonesia) is beautiful. There is also tons of great music in the film, both as tho the original score (composed by Daniel Pemberton), and song placements, both old and new (including a new Iggy Pop tune, "Gold", that plays over the movie's end titles).

"Gold" opened wide this weekend, and the Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was attended okay. I really don't see this playing very long in theaters, but if you are in the mood for a crime/treasure hunt movie, you may want to give this a chance on VOD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.


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