Anchor Bay has released the 2016 film Gold starring Matthew McConaughey on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD combo pack. Does the film hit the mother load or will you be broke at the end? Read on to find out!
Gold is directed by Stephen Gaghan whose last feature film was Syriana. The film is written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman whose outstanding credits feature Tomb Raider and a couple of reboot Knight Rider episodes. Hence right away you will understand the dichotomy present in the viewing of the film. The director seems to be wanting to film a serious, epic character study and the writers only have the ability to make an average paint by numbers feature of the week. That’s not to say that Gold is a bad film, but unfortunately a thoroughly unmemorable endeavor that collapses under it’s own weight.
The plot is pretty straight forward. Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), is a prospector/owner of a family company that has seen it’s better days financially. He is desperate for a lucky break, and convinces a similarly eager geologist Michael Acosta (Édgar Ramírez) to team up and set off on a journey to find gold in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. There are plot twists as the story progresses but they were easily recognizable. The story itself is pretty cliched, so basically you are watching it because of the performances, which just happen to be a bit uneven. The main characters that the film follows seem to be a bit uninteresting and after it was over you mostly just wonder why this story needed to be told.
Again, the movie is not poorly done it’s just not really noteworthy. The picture and sound quality is exactly what you would expect of a modern moderately budgeted Hollywood film. The sound is mostly dialogue heavy with a period specific soundtrack. It’s pretty obvious that the director was trying to emulate Scorsese a few times yet he couldn’t really pull it off. I do think if you are somehow already a fan of this film that you will be happy with the home presentation.
Commentary with Director Stephen Gaghan
The Origins of Gold
The Locations of Gold
Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells
Gold Final Thoughts:
Matthew McConaughey seems to be having a good time playing his character in Gold. Unfortunately for me it was not as interesting or fun to watch him plod through the plot of this one. There are so many “rise to greatness” films that are much more interesting and artfully done to watch; I would suggest seeing those instead. It’s not a bad film at all just painfully average and unmemorable. If this is a movie you have already seen and loved then you can be rest assured that it looks nice on home video and you can buy your copy here on Amazon. For everyone else I think you can just pass on watching it.
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