Flash Movie Review: Gold

LUCK is such a fickle experience. It seems as if some people get all the luck while others never get a break. I have a friend who is the luckiest person I know when it comes to finding a parking space on city streets. Areas that are congested with cars and people at all hours of the day and all he needs to do is drive into it and BOOM, a space magically appears just for him at the right time. It could be him turning down a short side street to find an untouched open space or simply cruising down a boulevard and someone pulls out of their parking space several feet ahead of him. All I can say is his luck with parking is uncanny. There is another friend of mine who has the best luck when it comes to entering contests and raffles. More times than not this person will wind up winning something for their money; to me this is pure luck.   THERE are times where luck is not solely left to chance; it is more determination. If you have ever visited a casino take a look at the people who play the slot machines. They could sit there for hours and lose money time after time, but as soon as they get a hit on a machine the people around them will immediately think that person is lucky. I ask you though, was it real luck or them staying at the same machine until they got a winner? Of course I have seen where a person walks up to a slot machine and on the 1st pull they become a winner. If they take the winnings and leave they are a true winner in my books. You could say they were lucky or maybe it was left to chance. They happened to walk in at the right time when the previous person on the machine left in disgust for not getting a winner after one hour; if they had only stayed for one more play. If you watch this adventure thriller you will have to decide if luck was involved or not.   PROSPECTOR Kenny Well, played by Matthew McConaughey (Free State of Jones, The Wolf of Wall Street), had one true love in life and that was gold. The problem was his funds were dwindling but he knew inside he had to hit it big at some point. This film festival winning drama based on a true story also starred Edgar Ramirez (Point Break, Joy) as Michael Acosta and Bryce Dallas Howard (Pete’s Dragon, Jurassic World) as Kay. The story was fascinating and visually this picture was fun to watch with its great outdoor scenes. Matthew did a super job, even putting on 40 pounds for the role, but he was not strong enough to handle the confusing script. At times I felt I was watching a comedy, then a drama; add in the thrills and intrigue and I was left lost. Soon into the movie it seemed as if we were going from one stunt/crisis to another; there was never any time given to explore deeper into the characters. Should you take a chance on seeing this film and hope you enjoy it? I leave it up to you.


2 stars




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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on February 2, 2017, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Matthew McConaughey’s characters always seem the same to me. My acting teacher once told us that many people are typecast, so their characters always are similar to themselves. It is far more difficult for an actor to be a “new” character. Meryl Streep is an exception or was, although of late, many of her roles are exaggerated versions of the character with her shining through. When asked how she does it, she says, she looks at the character and draws on their similarities, thereby embodying them to her. (paraphrased) Perhaps after awhile, you can only do so many variations of self. I saw Matthew in something not that long ago that was totally different than his usual, but I can’t remember what it was despite my good intentions to store it in my memory bank. It was still an exceptional piece for him and different than his sleazy self. He always seems to look greasy to me. So he’s not a go to actor though I did like him in “The Dallas Buyers Club”. “We are Marshall” wasn’t bad but it deviated from his usual character. Although I’ve not seen “Sea of Trees”, it seems to be another departure from his usual and could be another film worthy of his talents. He was a coach in We are I like him serious best, but he does it least.

    • Thank you for the comments. I agree there are certain roles he takes that he coasts through, using his usual methods. But once in a while he shines in a different type of role. He was good in this one, just the script did nothing for him. Thanks again.

  2. I’ll be waiting for this movie!

  3. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for a Mystery Blogger Award! https://oftenofftopic.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/move-over-la-la-land-i-have-2-award-nominations/

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