Gold Reviewed By Cam Eagle


The Premise
Based on true events, an unlikely pair ventures to the Indonesian jungle in search of gold.

The Review
Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) is the son of a gold prospector who has a passion for the business of searching for gold.

When the economy takes a downturn in the 1980s, Kenny goes into sales but soon becomes dissatisfied. Following his dream (literally) he takes a chance by creating an opportunity in the Pacific with a debunked gold expert. Teaming up with Michael Acosta, Kenny Wells finds a partnership of mutual benefit.

Wells, an obsessed gold prospector has the tenacity to build his team and raise the funds. Finally he is selling something he believes in and cares about.

Following a dream to Indonesia, Well’s charisma (Gold Fever mixed with Malaria) keeps the dream alive amidst this ‘real time’ expedition.

“Gold” reveals that if you have tenacity and passion you can launch a project, without having much knowledge on the matter.

When Gold fuels ego and excess, things spiral out of control and the Gold rollercoaster becomes less like a dream reality.

The Verdict
Matthew McConaughey is convincing as an obsessed gold prospector who always believes it’s out there. Gold is an intriguing biopic about the precious metal with an interesting twist.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 9th February 2017
Rating: M – Contains offensive language
Duration: 121 minutes 
Genre:  Drama
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Édgar Ramírez, Corey Stoll, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rachael Taylor, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach
Director: Stephen Gaghan (Syriana)

The Extras
This is Matthew McConaughey's third film about a search for gold, after Sahara (2005) and Fool's Gold (2008).

Matthew McConaughey shaved his head, gained 45 lbs and wore false teeth to make the character less attractive looking. He said he gained the weight eating cheeseburgers and drinking beer and milk shakes. He then faced the challenge of taking the weight off.

Paul Haggis was interested in directing this after seeing a sample of Patrick Massett and John Zinman's script, but passed in favour of other projects. He showed the sample to Michael Mann, who bought the script intending to direct it, with he and Haggis producing. Mann dropped out after deciding to make Blackhat (2015) instead. Spike Lee was later briefly attached to direct before Stephen Gaghan signed on.

Christian Bale was offered the lead role when Michael Mann was set to direct.

Michelle Williams was cast in the lead role but dropped out. Bryce Dallas Howard replaced her after filming already had begun.

First theatrical release directed by Stephen Gaghan in 11 years. His previous film was Syriana (2005).


During an interview on ESPN's First Take, Matthew claimed this was his favourite role he has ever done.