Based on the Bre-X Canadian scandal in 1999, Gold is about a small group of men headed by Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) and Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) who found one of the largest gold deposits ever over in Indonesia. It turns out that there was little to no gold found, and this is the story about one of the largest frauds in stock exchange history.
Gold is a straight-forward and often boring movie. Matthew McConaughey goes all in for the role gaining almost 50 lbs, shaving his head and wearing fake teeth. Boy is he ugly, but at least his acting is good! Sadly, for the first 90 minutes of the movie, that is the only positive aspect about this movie. It is predictable as a bunch of poor men find gold, get rich and have people come after their money. We have seen this time after time and there is nothing new here.
The last 30 minutes is the bread and butter of the movie as the fraud is exposed and the investigation is conducted. I wish this part of the movie had been woven throughout the movie (think Inside Man) to keep the ultimate outcome fresh in our minds and looking out for clues or ideas of how all this happened. Sometimes telling a story in chronological order isn’t that interesting, especially if the audience doesn’t know where the story is headed.
At the end of the day, I would have rather seen a documentary on this subject than a motion picture that will change the names and inflate the story to be something loosely based. Even with Matthew McConaughey front and center, I would skip this movie as the last 30 minutes of this movie aren’t enough to save the time you spend on it. Co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Craig T. Nelson, Bill Camp, Corey Stoll, Timothy Simons, and Toby Kebbell.
5/10 Stars – Even with Matthew McConaughey and a intriguing ending, this story would be more interesting as a documentary instead of a loosely based Hollywood motion picture.