Gold



Drama (2018)
India

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy, Farhan Akhtar
Director: Reema Kagti
Writer(s): Rajesh Devraj
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Tapan Das is a Bengali hockey coach, who loves his country as much as his sport. Supported by his loving wife Monobina, Tapan resolves to guide the national team to glory on the international stage, regardless of the personal costs. This gruelling journey takes India to the 1948 Olympic Games held in London, where India will have to face the proud home nation.

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Gold (15)

Exchange rates rise and fall, share prices plummet and rally, but a precious metal like gold never seems to lose its seductive lustre. Stephen Gaghan's drama of corporate greed and misinformation is mined from a true story that sent shockwaves through the US stock market. A haphazard script melts down outlandish facts and casts them with dramatic flourishes into a rags-to-riches fairy tale anchored by a scene-stealing performance from Matthew McConaughey as a rogue gold prospector, who lets dollar signs cloud his judgement...

Gold. Copyright: BBP Gold, LLC. Caption: Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells and Edgar Ramirez as Michael Acosta in Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan. Photo: Patrick Brown. All Rights Reserved.The handsome Oscar-winning star sports a generous belly, wayward combover and alarmingly crooked teeth, which he sinks gleefully into each preposterous twist, eliciting sympathy and Schadenfreude as his character ignores dire warnings from a hometown girlfriend to aggressively pursue his American dream. Gold is a curious alloy of madness and melancholy that struggles to generate dramatic momentum between solid set pieces. Gaghan's film ultimately can't decide whether to pity or punish its woefully misguided central character for his morally dubious actions, building to an unexpected coda that tarnishes the robust work of the ensemble cast and calls into question whether the title should in fact be Fool's Gold.

In 1988, prospector Kenny Wells (McConaughey) presides over the faltering family business - Washoe Mining Corporation - in Reno, Nevada. Kenny and his associates sweat blood and tears from their makeshift office, the local bar, where Kenny's doting girlfriend Kay (Bryce Dallas Howard) serves drinks while her beau vows to "make the dollar holler". One alcohol-fuelled night, Kenny has a vivid dream about Indonesia and, on a whim, he pawns Kay's watch to fly east, where he hopes to persuade geologist Michael Acosta (Edgar Ramirez) to join him on a madcap quest into the jungle. Kenny invests every last cent to drill core samples and send them down river for analysis in the hope that gold lurks beneath the jungle canopy. Miraculously, one sample shows traces of the precious metal and it seems that Kenny and Michael have stumbled upon an untapped reserve worth millions of dollars. New York investment banker Brian Woolf (Corey Stoll) woos Kenny in order to secure a slice of the golden pie, while cutthroat rival prospector Mark Hancock (Bruce Greenwood) jealously observes the negotiations. "These guys are going to tear you up," Kay tearfully warns Kenny. "Don't ask me to watch what happens next."

Gold wisely invests in a charismatic leading man, capable of polishing an uneven plot to a dull glister. McConaughey is in his element, instructing one colleague that he "will be riding shotgun on my jockstrap" as he huffs and puffs through each implausible interlude. Ramirez and Howard are poorly served in pivotal supporting roles and the two-hour running time feels considerably longer, especially in a sagging middle act rife with malaria and misdirection.

- Jo Planter

Gold. Copyright: BBP Gold, LLC. Caption: Matthew McConaughey as Kenny Wells and Edgar Ramirez as Michael Acosta in Gold, directed by Stephen Gaghan. Photo: Patrick Brown. All Rights Reserved.


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From Friday 10th August
To Thursday 16th August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Blackburn, Vue Blackburn
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bradford, Odeon Leeds-Bradford
- Bradford, The Light Cinema, Bradford
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Odeon Leicester
- Leicester, Piccadilly Cinema (Green Lane Road)
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton
From Friday 17th August
To Thursday 23rd August

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, Vue Birmingham
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bracknell, Cineworld Bracknell
- Bracknell, Odeon Bracknell
- Bradford, Cineworld Bradford
- Bristol, Cineworld Bristol
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, Odeon Coolock
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Ipswich, Cineworld Ipswich
- Leeds, Cineworld Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Luton, Cineworld Luton
- Maidenhead, Odeon Maidenhead
- Maidstone, Odeon Maidstone
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester Great Northern
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Cineworld Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Friars Walk
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Oxford, Vue Oxford
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Vue Reading
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Ruislip, Cineworld South Ruislip
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Regent Circus
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wembley, Cineworld Wembley
- West Bromwich, Odeon West Bromwich
- Wolverhampton, Cineworld Wolverhampton


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