If you kinda liked The Big Short and The Wolf of Wall Street, but found them a bit pretentious with their “satire” and “relevance,” here’s just the thing. Based on a true story, it stars Matthew McConaughey as fictionalized precious metals speculator Kenny Wells in full gimme-an-Oscar mode—sweaty and faux bald, showing off the weight he gained in comic scenes of near nudity. Wells latches on to a geologist (Edgar Ramírez) and his awesome intuition about where gold might be found in a remote Indonesian valley, but this is no treasure-hunt adventure. We’re meant to identify with Wells’ refusal to bow down to corporate Big Boys, and his tenacity in sticking with his “dream.” But in spite of McConaughey’s entertaining gusto for the character, Wells isn’t very interesting. He might be bursting with purpose, but the movie isn’t.
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Producer: Teddy Schwarzman, Michael Nozik, Patrick Massett, John Zinman, Matthew McConaughey, Paul Haggis, Richard Middleton and Ben Stillman
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Édgar Ramírez, Bryce Howard, Joshua Harto, Timothy Simons, Michael Landes, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Bruce Greenwood, Stacy Keach, Bill Camp, Macon Blair, Bhavesh Patel and Craig Nelson