Matthew McConaughey lately has been
sacrificing his body for his art. He dropped a lot of weight for
his Academy Award-winning performance in "Dallas Buyers Club" in
2013, and now has gone the opposite direction, putting on about
40 pounds for his role as Kenny Wells in "Gold."
shaved his head so he could appear to have a receding hairline,
and used false teeth to simulate a bad set of choppers. The end
result is a guy with a pot belly, lousy taste in clothing and a
general screw-up ambience.
inspired by true events that took place in the 1980s when
investors lost a lot of money in a gold mine venture that turned
out to be nothing. It's a story that has been told before about
people who go from rags to riches only to be doomed, usually by
their own greedy extravagances, bad luck or bad decisions, to
fall back into the swamp of financial ruin.
McConaughey's Wells is a third-generation gold prospector,
wherein he has cashed in his pack mule for an office full of
salespeople seeking investors. Taking over the business after
his father, also named Kenny Wells (Craig T. Nelson), dies, the
younger Wells now runs his business from a bar where his
girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) works.
are not going well and when he is turned down in a bid to bring
in a heavy-duty financier, Wells is about to lose it all.
He has a
dream, however, about hitting a gold mother lode in Indonesia
and follows up by convincing a geologist, Michael Acosta (Edgar
Ramirez) to join him in the search for this potential gold mine.
running out of the initial money raised for the venture, and
with Wells nearly dying of malaria, Acosta finally claims there
is indeed gold in them there hills.
you make money, a lot of light shines on you, and soon Wells and
Acosta are being courted by people with deep pockets. But these
people see Wells for what he is -- kind of a goof-up who never
seems to be more than two feet away from a pack of cigarettes
and a bottle of booze -- and they use their financial clout and
connections with the Indonesian government to leverage Wells out
of the way. But Wells and Acosta are able to make their own deal
and regain control.
inevitably, everything collapses.
one of those movies that might be worth sitting through if these
kind of business horror stories tickle your fancy. Otherwise, it
is a chance to see McConaughey continue to expand his repertoire
of performances. Here he is deeply flawed yet admirable in his
desire to be his own man and to pursue his dreams. He's not the
sharpest tool in the shed but he never gives up.
Howard has some moments as Kay, a woman who sometimes has
serious doubts about Wells, but dang-it, she just cannot help
but love the lunkhead.
"GOLD" Official Trailer:
"THE BYE BYE MAN"
premise for a horror movie falls way short here.
college students -- Elliott (Douglas Smith), he girlfriend Sasha
(Cressida Bonas) and John (Lucien Laviscount) -- who obviously
have not kept up with their reading of horror movie primers,
decide to rent a creeky old house off campus. And before you can
say "I have a bad feeling about this," bad things start
young people unwittingly unleash an evil entity known as the Bye
Bye Man (Doug Jones). This guy has a pretty good gig going on.
If you say his name, or if you only THINK his name, he is able
to wreak all kinds of horrible things.
"The Bye Bye
Man" was directed by Stacy Title, whose last directorial effort
was the TV movie "The Greatest Show Ever" 10 years ago. So her
effort here is a bit rusty. There are some scenes that really
needed to be reshot because of seriously bad acting. And the
scares tend to be the cheap jump-in-your-seat variety.
problem is that the screenplay by Jonathan Penner, based on "The
Bridge to Body Island" by Robert Damon Schneck, offers no back
story on the Bye Bye Man. Who he is, how he got to be who he is
and why he gets his jollies fooling with people's minds and
turning them into killers never is explored.
really does not present much of a scary presence. Oh, some of
the things people do under his influence are pretty terrifying,
but the only unnerving aspect at the end of the movie is who
might be the next person to carry out Bye Bye Man's evil deeds.
"THE BYE BYE MAN" Official Trailer:https://youtu.be/ZGdOnCiQRpQ