(2016) (Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A down-on-his-luck American prospector figuratively and literally believes he's struck gold when he partners with a geologist and finds what could be the mother lode of such deposits.
- It's the late 1980s and Kenny Wells (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY) is telling his life story to Paul Jennings (TOBY KEBBELL) who's mostly interested in what's happened of recent. Going back a bit in time, we learn that Kenny comes from a long family line of precious metals prospectors, but his mining business located in Reno, Nevada has seen better days.
With a recession in full swing and having lost his house, he now lives with his girlfriend, Kay (BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD), and even pawns the watch he gave her as a gift for cash to pay for a ticket to Indonesia. It seems he had a dream about finding a gold deposit in the jungles there and thus meets with geologist Michael Acosta (EDGAR RAMIREZ) who's been unable to convince investors of such a potential strike in that region.
Although initially reluctant, he eventually agrees to a partnership with Kenny and the two hire local men to begin a mining operation deep in the jungle. After a brief setback and in the midst of Kenny suffering from malaria, they appear to hit the mother lode. That soon draws the interest of Wall Street, including from investment banker Brian Woolf (COREY STOLL) who informs the men that they need a strategic partner in order to make the most of their find. When that falls apart, they do get a partner, albeit an unlikely one, in Darmadi 'Danny' Suharto (JIRAHU TANTRAKUL), the somewhat disgraced adult son of the military leader who's recently taken over the mining site.
With that now back in operation, the gold and resultant money start flowing and Kenny once again becomes a big hit on Wall Street. But he, Kay and everyone else involved aren't ready for the related problems that are about to fall on them.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might show some interest, especially if they're fans of McConaughey or anyone else in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.
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