PROVE ‘EM ALL WRONG.
In the 1980s, the unsuccessful son (Matthew McConaughey) of an oil tycoon bets everything he has on a dream to find gold in the Indonesian jungles together with a dapper geologist (Édgar Ramírez). The filmmakers take a real-life mining scandal that happened in 1993 and build an entirely fictional drama with elements of tension and humor. McConaughey brings passion to his role as the sleazy, self-destructive businessman, and really transformed his looks for it… but it’s hard to root for him, and the thin story really wants us to do that.
2016-U.S. 121 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Stephen Gaghan. Song: ”Gold” (Danger Mouse, Stephen Gaghan, Daniel Pemberton, Iggy Pop). Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Kenny Wells), Édgar Ramírez (Michael Acosta), Bryce Dallas Howard (Kay), Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood… Stacy Keach, Craig T. Nelson.
Trivia: Co-produced by McConaughey; co-executive produced by Paul Haggis (who considered directing it, and so did Michael Mann and Spike Lee). Christian Bale and Michelle Williams were allegedly considered for lead roles.