It was a cold, dreary weekend and we decided to make it a “go to the movies” weekend. Unfortunately it was slim pickings at our movie theatre. We were only able to choose one movie. Gold was our choice. I wanted to see Matthew McConaughey and my husband is very interested in mining and business. I can’t say it was a very good movie but I did actually enjoy it and it did make me curious about stocks and trading.
Gold was inspired by a true story involving the Canadian scandal of Bre-X. The characters and plot are fictional.
Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey) is a third generation prospector who owns a failing family mining business in Las Vegas in the 1980’s. He is a lazy, sloppy man who can no longer get finance for his ventures. He has a dream about finding gold on a mountain in Indonesia and remembers talking to a geologist a long time ago about the ring of fire theory of mining. Wells pawns all his jewelry, flies to Indonesia, meets with the geologist – Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez), and they team up to find the most perfect site to mine for gold. Wells is then able to get financial backing to start digging with potential for more support if they are successful in actually finding the gold.
They start drilling. As they are about to run out of money, Kenny Wells falls ill with malaria. When he awakes, he discovers that Acosta has found gold. He returns to the United States to raise money to mine the gold. Kenny Wells’ company, the Washoe Mining Corporation, is now worth billions of dollars and everyone wants it. Wells is declared “Prospector of the Year”. Insurmountable problems occur and Kenny Wells experiences highs and lows a she fights to hold on to his company. Banks and other mining companies try to take control of the mine. The Indonesian government attempts to shut it down. Fraud is suspected. The FBI is called in to investigate. Michael Acosta disappears. Was the gold real or just an illusion?
This movie is about greed. It is not a pretty movie. It shows the unattractiveness of trying to get rich. The lies, the illusion, the gamble, and the risk are exciting but vulgar. Greed is ugly. Gorgeous, buff, handsome Matthew McConaughey changed his appearance in this movie to reflect this message. I found this interesting.
I liked watching this movie. I am not savvy about stock trading and business and it stimulated my interest. The adventure of traveling to Indonesia intrigues me. Gold did not have the required action and bloodshed that my husband likes but he still enjoyed the crime and drama. He wants very much to read the book – The Bre-X Fraud by Andrew Willis. That could be a good story.