Gold - SHOWTIMES


Gold - SHOWTIMES (2016)


Gold

IMDB - Score
6.5/10
(5753)
Release Date:
30.12.2016
Genre:
Drama
Length:
121 Minute
Director
Cast:
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Synopsis

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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Boyd Bryan ( 2017-06-08 )

The Wolf of Boredom (Not Engaging and Pretty Dull)
 

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Howard Copeland ( 2017-06-05 )

Hilarious Comedy
 

Very loosely based on a true story of a gold miner in the pursuit of striking gold in Indonesia. This film is set in 1988 and stars Matthew McConaughey as the protagonist Kenny Wells, whose driving ambition is to strike gold in a big way. He has a dream, but not just in terms of determination, he actually has a dream and decides 'I must follow that dream at any cost!' He discovered the largest gold find of the decade, his wealth is unimaginable. Then it all starts going wrong. It turns out that his geologist partner was 'salting' the extracted rock samples to give the impression of a great gold find. The rock analysis results could not be recreated, and so the FBI is called in. The FBI extensively question Kenny for fraud over several days, but eventually release him due to lack of evidence. However, you're left wondering whether he was always in on it, especially when he gets a cheque for half the $164,000,000 swindled money. But then you can't help wondering how he's ever going to cash in the enormous cheque with the FBI closely watching his every move! McConaughey is a great method actor, and for this character he puts on 47lbs around his belly, he's seen constantly drinking, chain smoking, and has very thinning hair. The furthest from his normal superstar heartthrob self that you could imagine. This film looks like another made for TV drama, I didn't care about the character's or their eventual outcome. Many scenes frequently involve painful episodes of over-acting. Unfortunately this film looks like any other rags to riches and back to rags type of film, think of The Wolf of Wallstreet but nowhere near as good. Would not watch again and would not recommend.



Blanche Mason ( 2017-05-26 )

Dull Gold
 

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Lydia Walton ( 2017-05-22 )

Entertaining Yet Uninspired.
 

As a geologist, this film was one gut-busting laugh after another. Hilarious! Interesting to see Hollywood's take on how to conduct gold exploration in Indonesia --NOT!. Where do I start? From the Ring of Fire "Theory" -- ha ha ha: it's geographical description first year geology students would be aware of -- or the decision to place a drill hole by simply getting to the top of a ridge and banging the ground with your walking stick? Finding a mine on "an eighth of a ounce"? Or delineating the field by radial drilling? People, even rogue prospectors put in more groundwork before deciding to drill. Drilling is the last stage of exploration and follows months, if not years of geological mapping and sampling of an area. Once field samples are analysed, the target area is further defined by digging and sampling costeans or trenches on a grid layout. To decide to drill is a monumental decision because of the expense and diamond core drilling (the drilling done in the film) is really expensive--probably around $500 or more per metre. And their "great quality safeguards" as seen in the film -- people tossing core around all over the place were rubbish. Each drill hole is logged by a geologist -- i.e he physically examines every inch of core and I saw no-one doing that in the film. Then we have a mine on an eighth of an ounce. I.e roughly 4 grams per tonne -- not bad for a medium-quality open-cut mine but for the "hard rock" underground mine they were preparing to open, you need at least 2 or 3 times that to make it worthwhile. Some African gold mines have 15-20 grams per tonne. And at 4 grams per tonne, you would not see gold with the naked eye. So if you're a geologist you'll have a real belly hoot laugh from beginning to end. Sadly, this lack of science just spoiled the film for me.



Tomas Cole ( 2017-04-01 )

Wait for Netflix....
 

In recent years, Matthew McConaughey has rehabilitated his career and his reputation by appearing in quality motion picture after quality motion picture with interesting characters and characterizations.  This "McConaissance" (as it was called) was capped by his Academy Award winning performance in THE DALLAS BUYERS CLUB. ..



Frankie Stokes ( 2017-05-31 )

Beautiful values, but boring
 

Gold is, by far, the oddest film of the Oscar season. It's not good enough to be featured with some other award-based films yet it is far from being a bad film. It's just a very uninspired piece of filmmaking that had an excellent script and a great cast to it, yet no flavor to the filmmaking here. It is a standardized piece that serves as a lackluster love letter to Martin Scorsese and David O. Russell without ever really admitting it. Majority of this film is spent watching McCounaughey's Kenny Wells as he maneuvers through businessmen that want him to be put down, political groups that want to steal his fortune and friends he can barely trust. It sounds like an amazing film and it could have been had Gaghan not directed this film himself. Every frame that passes, it feels like Gaghan was either worried about feeling too much like Scorsese or worried that it wasn't enough like Scorsese. Either way, we know where his influences lie here. Honestly, you're better off watching The Wolf of Wall Street, if you're hoping for something like that. ..



Oliver Freeman ( 2017-06-10 )

Gives us little to reason to care until the second act
 

A truly horrible movie, in my own opinion. MY wife and I saw a preview for this movie and thought it would be funny, based on the preview. We saw this opening weekend and simply had a bad movie experience. The movie drones on and on. After two hours, my wife (who is a really nice person), leaned over and whispered to me "Can we leave now? This isn't worth staying any longer for." I made her stay to finish it and the first words to enter my mind once it completed was "Thank Goodness I can go home now." Just wait for Netflix and watch it there if you really want to see this movie.



Clinton Lewis ( 2017-06-02 )

★★★ - interesting story, but too long and slow
 

The movie is about pursuing a dream and believing in yourself. Matthew McConaughey, who played the main character, was convincingly showing the passion and the desire to make his dream come true. The movie started off very weak, then it improved after about 15 minutes. The movie script contains valuable meanings; however they were not well addressed in the boring repetition and details.



Helen Henderson ( 2017-04-05 )

So-so crime/treasure hunt movie fails to connect
 

The problem with "Gold" is that it takes you into an esoteric world (in this case, let's call it "large-scale multi-national gold mining?") without making us care about the intricacies of the topic. Instead, it follows the template laid out in Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" (and that Martin Scorsese bludgeoned to death in "Wolf of Wall Street") of showering the viewer in capitalism porn: Shots of people getting rowdier as visual cues (i.e. graphs going upwards, the stock exchange ringing) show them getting richer and richer. This is a shame because Stephen Gaghan masterfully wove story threads in an Altmanesque manner to tell the story of the global oil crisis. ..



Judith Vaughn ( 2017-03-25 )

Gold ShowMeTheMovies Review
 

In the 1980s, Kenny Wells throws his last dollars into a money-making plan: digging for gold in Indonesia with the help of an old acquaintance Mike Acosta. Although they struggle for funding at first, the offers come rolling in when it turns out they could be sitting on the largest gold find of the decade. That's the interesting bit. After that, it all turns a little boring when the settings are offices instead of jungles. The last 20 minutes seem to last forever too, about three times I thought the movie had finished. McConoughey is a good enough actor for the role, but his physical transformation is more impressive than anything else. He's a passionate guy but he's not particularly engaging as someone more interested in wealth than his beautiful selfless wife, Howard (who's the best thing about the film). Ramirez is decent too, though he's never really given that much to do - I would've liked to have seen more of him. All in all, the main problem is pacing. The movie just feels a little too long and slow. It's understandable why during the early scenes looking for gold, showing the tedium and patience it involves, but the business side of it all was frankly boring. Gaghan has done good work in the past, but I really expected more here, especially considering the talent behind and in front of the camera. 3/5



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