Gold (2016)


Adventure, Drama


Stephen Gaghan




Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Joshua Harto, Timothy Simons, Michael Landes, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, Bill Camp, Rachael Taylor, Macon Blair, Bhavesh Patel


Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) teams up with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) and sets off on a journey to find gold in the Indonesian jungle.


Not even a month ago I saw the trailer and it gave me the impression Gold was going to be like The Wolf of Wall Street, which I did like. In spite of that, I still gave it a chance because there's Matthew McCaaughey, and, like him or not, he's a great actor. And he pretty much was the only good thing about the film.

The problem with Gold is that is completely uninspired and uninvolving. Not to mention the lack of originality. I watched the entire film with a dejav├╣ feeling because everything about it reminded me of American Hustle. Although it really presents itself as a lighter and cheaper version of Scorsese's film, it's nothing but a copy of O'Russell's movie, starting from the main character, Kenny Wells, who looks too much like Cristian Bale's Irving Rosenfeld and isn't very likeable.

The story had some potential - it could have been interesting still not very inspirational -, but Stephen Gaghan flushed it down the toilet and decided to make a dull, slow-paced, unfocused and unbalanced film instead, a film that one minute tries to be the drama of the year and the next one tries to be the comedy of the year. And that, unfortunately, doesn't work in either case. At times, however, it manages to be entertaining.

In this mess of a film, there's someone who still does his best, Matthew McConaughey. Once again very committed to the role, he gives another great perfomrance and basically carries the film. Unfortunately, his performance alone isn't enough to save the film. And as if everything else wasn't enough, the supporting cast is also wasted, especially Bryce Dallas Howard who is nothing more than a love interest.


  1. Nice review! I'm such a big fan of Matthew McCongaughey, and I thought I would jump at the chance to see this...but the trailer/clips falls flat for me. Nice to know he gives a good performance though!

    1. Thanks! I don't like him, but I can see a good performance and he sure gives one here.

    2. Johng. Nelson@yahoo.com1 June 2017 at 07:40

      Why didn't they just hire Woody Harrellson? He could have acted the hell out that part, and they would haves saved$$$ on makeup. I like your writing.

    3. Haha that'd have been a good idea!