At The Movies: Gold

I really wanted to see the (supposedly) last “Resident Evil” movie this week, but alas, it didn’t get a screening. Now I’ll never know if Alice went through all that hell for nothing. OK, I’ll probably sneak out and catch a matinee this weekend or next. I didn’t come this far to skip the ending.

Meanwhile, I settled for watching Matthew McConaughey put in a decent performance in the uneven but somewhat interesting movie “Gold.”

McConaughey stars as Kenny Wells, a down-on-his-luck prospector who’s looking for the next mother lode. He’s from a long line of gold seekers, but he’s driven the family business into the (not gold filled) dirt. Bryce Dallas Howard plays Kay, his very patient girlfriend.

gold-movie-posterWells is convinced geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) knows where to find the next big score. The two strike a deal — Wells will raise the money to fund the dig and Acosta will raise the gold. The gold, Acosta believes, lies in the jungles of Indonesia.

Wells nearly dies of malaria before they have success. Sure enough, Acosta declares they are sitting on a huge gold reserve. Wells and his old buddies back home are back in business. Naturally, this draws in the vultures in expensive suits (chief among them a sleazy investment banker played by Corey Stoll) who offer their services to these backwards prospectors.

But Wells is determined to maintain control of the find and rebuild the family business, even if he is playing in a whole new league.One where the rules are stacked against him.

Inspired by true events, “Gold” tells a rags-to-riches-and-back-and-forth story that should be familiar to many. Wells becomes intoxicated by success, Kay warns him he’s being used before leaving him, you know the drill. But there are a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming. That — along with some strong performances and lovely cinematography —  pushed “Gold” from “meh” to “worth my time.”




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