On this week’s episode of CinemAddicts, we go in search for Gold, an ambitious narrative featuring Matthew McConaughey as a prospector who doesn’t give up on his dreams. Other films covered on this week’s show include the indie comedy/thriller Get The Girl and the acclaimed documentary O.J.: Made in America.
Although Gold delves into Kenny Wells’ (McConaughey) relationship with his longtime girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard), that union takes a backseat to his friendship and collaboration with geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez). Kenny and Michael brave the Indonesian jungles to find this seemingly impossible quest for gold, and their journey serves as the film’s most memorable moments. Unfortunately, director/writer Stephen Gaghan’s tale doesn’t hit on every level and ends up being a bit derivative and two dimensional for its own good. Ramirez and McConaughey both deliver solid work, and they’re the best part of Gold.
Director Eric England’s Get The Girl starts off as intentionally innocuous romantic comedy but takes a detour into darker territory after a lonely guy named Clarence (Justin Dobies) stages a fake kidnapping to impress the woman (Elizabeth Whitson) he loves. When the woman’s life is actually endangered during the operation, Clarence must turn the tables on the kidnappers (aka his collaborators!) and save the day. Armed with shoestring budget, England crafts a diverting and twisted tale of love and vengeance that isn’t afraid to throw a healthy share of comedy into the proceedings.
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