A strong performance from Matthew McConaughey fails to
dispel the sour taste of this loosely fact-based story, set in the 1980s, about
the zigzagging fortunes of the scrappy Nevada prospector he plays. Joining
forces with a more sophisticated geologist (Edgar Ramirez), the miner braves
the jungles of Indonesia to claim the largest gold strike of the decade. But
all, of course, is not as it appears. A seedy atmosphere and a low moral tone
in the boardroom are matched by an ongoing but unhallowed bedroom relationship
between the protagonist and his live-in girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard).
Additionally, screenwriters Patrick Massett and John Zinman embed their script
with a motherlode of vulgarity, making director Stephen Gaghan's salute to
entrepreneurial grit unfit for most.
Watch out for: Cohabitation,
nongraphic nonmarital sexual activity, rear and partial nudity, frequent use of
profanity, pervasive rough and crude language, a couple of obscene gestures.
Rated: L, limited adult
audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling;