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by Sandi Buckley (subscribe)
Sandi Buckley Content Creator & Writer
Published February 3rd 2017
‘When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is’
Matthew McConaughey pushed the boundaries of character transformation again playing drunken prospector in 'Gold.'
Gold, Directed by Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana"), is a lively portrayal of the old saying 'When something sounds too good to be true, it probably is'.

McConaughey presenting himself as the character by going through some major physical adjustments once again provides us with an intense, visceral and comical performance as Kenny Wells. Sporting a comb over, a large beer gut and a gold tooth - McConaughey is transformed. Taking us deep into the jungles of Indonesia to discover the gold. Gaghan tells the story in a clear and somewhat natural method.

'Gold' does have a few moments where I checked the clock or questioned the purpose of the scene but in the end it is a shining piece of cinemas. The movie has so many black comic moments brought to you by the comic nature of McConaughey against the dry uncomfortable Acosta (Édgar Ramírez). It has that sense of sheer luck about it, where you put your last $5 on the poker table and end up winning a million.

Wells inherits his father's mining company, and destroys it faster than a stock market crash. After this is left to drink away his sorrows at his girlfriend Kay's (Bryce Dallas Howard) house, he dreams of Indonesia once night. Kay brings a loving to the movie, she is the rejected carer of a dreamer. And so, with thoughts of the Indonesian jungle, Wells turns to a geologist, Michael Acosta (Édgar Ramírez), to help him find the true locations that feeds into a river known for its irregular supply of gold. Acosta drops into the movie like the interesting strong silent type that we never fully become friends with. We don't know him well enough to pass judgement and yet we like him.

If all went to plan for Wells after discovering the golden jackpot in the middle of the jungle, well then the story would end there and probably not be movie. But the twists are so prominent and so interesting it is definitely worth sticking around specially to see Wells in a Tiger's cage. Or battle over naming rights to a mine in the jungle that may not actually contain one ounce of real gold. This is definitely worth the watch for anyone who loves a strong cinematic extravaganza or McConaughey in his finest hour. It takes time to realise how the film will end and you go through the rollercoaster of successes and losses and yet after all, it's a great ending.
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