Gold (2016) Friday, 03 April 2020

Gold (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    The mother lode.

  • Starring:

    Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Toby Kebbell, Macon Blair, Stacy Keach, Corey Stoll, Rachael Taylor

  • Directed by:

    Stephen Gaghan

  • Running time:

    121 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), NR (UK), R (USA)


    People are punched, kicked, wrestled, held at gunpoint, pushed out of a helicopter (implied). Military soldiers with guns. Objects thrown, smashed, banged in anger. Headhunting, rape (metaphoric) mentioned. Blood/gore: Wild pigs eating corpse. Hands and feet eaten off dead body mentioned. Bloody face, mouth, knuckles. Bruising. A man almost dies from malaria (sweating/shaking, etc). A man says malaria kills 1 million people a year.


    People have bedroom sex (implied), sex in a helicopter (seen from a distance). Nude (implied) couple in spa. Nude man (rear view seen), shirtless men, man in underwear, cleavage, people in swimwear. Kissing, flirting, hugging, caressing.


    Alcohol (spirites, beer, wine, champagne). Intoxication, alcohol addiction. Bar settings. Smoking. Gambling (Casino setting, image of Coolidge's Dogs Playing Poker painting, winning bets in football mentioned). A man says that finding gold is like a drug.


    F-words, s-words, a-words. Slang words for genitals. Name-calling (sonofab*tch, moron, crazy, prick, a drunk, a clown, golden boy, etc). Religious references and exclamations (God, Christ, what the hell?, oh my God, goddam, etc). Obscene finger gesture.


    Gold mining, wealth, success, failure, betrayal, fraud, strategy, stock trading, commodities, dreams, Indonesia, corruption, business, partners, malaria, fresh water, underwriting, awards, FBI investigations.


    Dead father mentioned. Loss of assets, a man pawns his wife's jewellery. Bear (opening credits), birds, tiger, monkey, cattle. Plane, helicopter. Grilling hamburgers. Brief bright camera flashes. Brief Indonesian (some subtitles). Inspired by true events.


    Unpredictable, entertaining, watchable, lively, satirical. Bravura/inhabited/likable/personal/ace/intense performance by Matthew McConaughy, impeccable performance by Edgar Ramírez, deft direction, eye-catching location visuals, bolstering/smart/percussive score, well-earned/memorable closing shot.


    Serviceable, over-fictionalised, unfocused, underwritten, lackluster, clichéd, tedious. Ambling first hour, hackneyed script.

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