McConaughey’s gold

McConaughey’s gold

Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells in Gold.

Having watched Matthew McConaughey in a string of romantic comedies including The Wedding Planner and How to Loose a Guy in 10 Days it was strange to see him with his hair slicked back and oozing a general sense of shadiness.

Nonetheless, McConaughey is captivating as Kenny Wells in Stephen Gaghan’s Gold.

He plays a businessman down on his luck and one day after a dream prompted him to, he teams up with geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) and together they go off into the thick jungles of Indonesia in a desperate attempt to find gold and get rich.

What follows is an adventure starting in the jungles of Indonesia and then suddenly becomes a crime thriller when multiple organisations are after the gold Kenny Wells ends up finding.

While the script is brilliantly written and the plot unfolds at a steady pace. The movie’s only fault is it fails to stick to a genre and while some stories can have multiple genres Gold should have stuck to either crime and thriller or adventure.

Nonetheless, inspired by true events Gold is gripping, fascinating and at times wildly funny, particularly Matthew McConaughey’s hairstyle.

Examiner Newspapers has five double passes to giveaway.

Tell us in 25 words or less what you would do if you found gold buried deep in the jungles of Indonesia.

Email us at or write to us at 1 Gilwell Avenue, Kelmscott.

The competition closes February 15.



Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars


Rated: M


Distributor: Studiocanal Australia


In cinemas now.