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Fool’s Gold (12A) U.S.A. 113 mins – Review


Directed by Andy Tennant
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Ray Winstone, Kevin Hart and Ewen Bremner


Set in the Caribbean, modern day treasure hunter Benjamin Finnegan (McConaughey) is obsessed with discovering the legendary 18th century Queen’s dowry which was lost at sea in 1715. On uncovering a vital clue to its whereabouts he ropes in his newly divorced wife Tess (Hudson) and her billionaire boss Nigel Honeycutt (Sutherland) to help him locate the long lost bounty. But Finn’s one time mentor Moe Fitch (Winstone) and ruthless local gangster Bigg Bunny (Hart) are intent on beating Finn to the find.


The good news is that McConaughey keeps his shirt on for at least the first ten minutes of the movie (his record is the opening credits of ‘Failure To Launch’), and then it’s topless all the way.
Directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch) this is Romancing the Stone meets National Treasure but don’t be fooled it lacks the thrills and sexual tension of the former and the excitement and intrigue of the latter. McConaughey and Hudson have about as much chemistry as brother and sister and McConaughey is on beach bum/boyish charm overdrive which wears a little thin. Along with his overtoned bronzed torso. Sutherland, playing a Brit, and Winstone, an American, compete for the worst accent in the movie and frankly it is a toss up between the two.
Shot in Australia, doubling for the Caribbean due to logistic concerns apparently, it looks stunning. The white sandy beaches, aquamarine sea, sun drenched backdrop but that’s not enough to keep you watching. It lacks edge of your seat action packed sequences and characters that you care what happens to them. It is also extremely violent for a rom com.

Opens nationwide 18th April 2008

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