For his Oscar-winning role in “Dallas Buyers Club” Matthew McConaughey got sickly skinny. This time, he’s thinned his hair, added a goofy tooth and grown a gut (he also spends more time in his loosey whiteys than in any of his other movies). He plays the head of a failing mining company who has a vision of gold in the jungles of Indonesia. After the initial trip, he has to contend with the business people who want to manage his findings. By his presence in almost every scene, it’s obvious that McConaughey was going for another tour de force performance (dare I say Oscar “gold”). Unfortunately, he’s trying too hard and his character is too manically obnoxious to be likable. To make matters worse, the script is bland and the direction is lackluster. While McConaughey gives it his all, the movie lacks the depth and verve to make it worth the weight he’ll have to lose to get back in shape.
(2 / 5)