Fool's Gold (2008)

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Romance / Thriller
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 112 minutes - $28.98 || June 17, 2008
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-06-15


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Andy Tennant
Writer(s): John Calflin & Daniel Zelman (story), John Calflin & Daniel Zelman and Andy Tennant (screenplay)
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Ewen Bremner, Alexis Dziena, Kevin Hart, Ray Winstone


Theatrical Release Date: February 8, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Fool's Gold: Flirting with Adventure
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

Action, treasure and romance. Could it be real or Foolís Gold?

Treasure seeker and part-time slacker Finn (McConaughey) and the love of his life, Tess (Hudson) are recently divorced. Tess, a hard worker with aspirations beyond treasure hunting, which she also enjoys, works for a multimillionaire named Nigel Honeycutt (Sutherland) on his boat. Nigel is a Hilton-like rich guy with a young, ditzy daughter (played by the beautiful Alexis Dziena, who was probably the only highlight of this rom-com). Meanwhile, Finn is also in deep trouble with gangster (and rapper) Bigg Bunny (Hart) owing $60,000 Bunny fronted to find treasure thought to be buried in the Caribbean.

When Finn discovers Mr. Honeycutt has anchored near the island, he hatches a plan to get on board and convince him to fund the hunt for the treasure that went missing in 1715. Of course, heís surprised finding Tess on board as well, but after the two tell the story to Nigel, and with the giddy support of daughter Gemma, they set out to find it.

The trouble with Foolís Gold isnít for a lack of trying or casting (well, OK, maybe it is for the former. McConaughey and Hudson both proved they work well together, previously in 2003ís How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan, they are not. And even so, the story doesnít give them really much to do except play the same type of roles they always play; this is especially goes for McConaughey. Heís a charismatic slacker; sheís the smart responsible one of the relationship. Yawn.

But the biggest disappointment while and after watching this, even with low expectations, was how underused and underwritten the supporting cast was. Here you have a great like Donald Sutherland and a funny sidekick in Ewen Bremner (not to mention Theo Huxtable himself, Malcolm-Jamal Warner), but none of them made much of an impact or added anything to the picture, and when you have two leads that donít contribute, youíve got a story that never takes off.

A good example of this is the Sutherland character. Screenwriters John Calflin, Daniel Zelman and Andy Tennant (who also directed) give his character a throwaway character storyline about him and Gemma, her mother and such. Why? For one thing, it didnít have anything to do with the main story and even as a B-story, it still was pointless and superficial.

If you dissect the genres, none of them melds that well together. The treasure hunt isnít all that interesting or mysterious (I couldnít care less if they found it or not), the romance is only superficial and even then not all that satisfying, and the comedy seemed to take break whenever Matthew McConaughey wasnít getting beat up.

Foolís Gold is at least an amiable action-adventure-romance-comedy and will certainly satisfy the McConaughey/Hudson fans out there, but if youíre looking for a blast of a good time, look elsewhere. This is perfectly all right to pass time, but I honestly canít say Iíll be popping this disc in anytime soon.

Foolís Gold is rated PG-13 for ďAction Violence, Some Sexual Material, (All Too) Brief Nudity and Language. It also co-starred Kevin Hart (Scary Movie 3) as main villain Bigg Bunny and Ray Winstone (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) in a cameo role.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Warner Bros. as packed this disc with... below average content: a ďmaking-ofĒ featurette called Foolís Gold: Flirting with Adventure (4:33) which is merely something probably made for HBO to get people to see the movie and an unfunny gag reel (2:46).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

A little soft in some spots, I had hoped a movie that takes place in the Caribbean (I believe it was shot in Australia) wouldíve popped out more with the cool blues in the ocean or other bright colors you might see in the region, but as it stands, it looks alright. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a 2.35 OAR.

The Dolby 5.1 track didnít seem to be very powerful even in the action scenes, but itís satisfactory for most home theaters.



.::OVERALL::.

At its core, Foolís Gold is just an average film with underwritten characters and a plot that really wasnít very interesting or at times original. If you really like McConaughey and Hudson, youíll probably get more out of this than I did, otherwise skip this one until it airs 30 times on TBS.