Review of “Fool’s Gold” (2008) PG-13 113min
February 16th, 2008 by Maxim · 2 Comments · 3,958 Views
The plot: Ben Finn Finnegan (Mathew McConaughey) and his wife Tess (Kate Hudson) were passionate about each other and treasure hunting, but now they are fed up with each other and decide to get divorced. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her life, working aboard a mega-yacht owned by billionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland), Finn discovers a vital clue to the whereabouts of enormous treasure – 40 chests of gold coins and jewelry that King Of Spain gifted to his bride in 1715 and was lost at sea. Finn, who had just sunk their rusty boat “Booty Calls”, shows up on Honeycutt’s yaht, much to Tess’s surprise and disapointment, and convinces him and his daughter Gemma (Alexis Dziena), and Tess too, to join him in the pursuit of the Spanish treasure. But they are not the only ones after the treasure. Finn’s mentor-turned-nemesis Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone) has also set out to claim the prize.
The good: Very entertaining and easy-flowing treasure-hunting adventure. Kate Hudson is not a particularly good actress, but I think she was well cast for this movie, which wasn’t surprising since they were together in “How to lose a guy in 10 days”. This movie is selling almost the full theater for several weeks now – it’s at the top of the box office sales (as of Feb 15, 2008). Nice camera work (except for occasional boom microphone shadows) and awesome scenery.
The bad: Gemma was cartoonishly too dumb a bimbo, and the movie is spending too much time getting this point across. Hard to believe that a multi-billionaire’s daughter would be so stupid. All the ways Finn survived 300 foot jumps, underwater explosions, dodged more then a dozen bullets were over-the-top, much like in “Die Hard” or “Sahara”. It was odd that it didn’t occur to him to at least put his seatbelt on before the plain crash, yet Tess, who was taken hostage, did have seatbelt over her shoulder. The dialogs and phisical humor were too silly. And what’s with “Ukrainian sidekick” (Ewen Bremner – AVP, Match Point, Around The World in 80 days, The Rundown, Black Hawk Down, Perl Harbor, Snatch etc.) named.. ehm.. Alfonz? The villain weren’t evil enough, and his hired guns were dumb. Cheese ending. A lot of plot holes, clichéd movie lines.
The summary: this is basically “Sahara” at sea. Very entertaining and pleasant movie, a bit over-the-top on stunts and adventures.
p.s. Hey, Tom, there is a pet bunny in this movie!
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