Fool’s Gold (2008)

logoDirector: Andy Tennant

Writer: John Claflin, Daniel Zelman, Andy Tennant (Screenplay) John Claflin, Daniel Zelman (Story)

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena, Ewen Bremner, Ray Winstone, Kevin Hart


Plot: A new clue to a whereabouts of a lost treasure rekindles a married couple’s Finn (McConaughey) and Tess (Hudson) sense of adventure and their estranged romance. Multi-millionaire Nigel (Sutherland) provides a ship for the adventure with his daughter Gemma (Dziena) who all have to avoid ruthless rapper gangster Bigg Bunny (Hart) who is also after the treasure and hires Moe (Winstone) an experienced treasure hunter.


Verdict: Treasure hunting fun

Story: Let’s face it if you go in to watch this expecting a serious film you will be disappointed, but if you go in looking just to be entertained you will enjoy this story. Most treasure hunting romance films are either first meeting or long suffering wife, this offers the chance to see how far people can become separated by obsession. Just enjoy this film. (8/10)


Actor Review: Matthew McConaughey – Finn the gloried slacker who has a sense for adventure and treasure hunting, who gets himself in trouble for borrowing money of the wrong people, leaving this adventure his last chance to save his life and marriage. One of the last rom com performances from Matthew and he shows he still had it but it was time for a change. (8/10)


Actor Review: Kate Hudson – Tess the frustrated wife looking to grow up and take life a little bit more serious who reluctant agrees to go on one last hunt. Good performance that never challenges her to go to the next level. (7/10)


Actor Review: Donald Sutherland – Nigel multi-millionaire who owns a boat that Tess works on and Finn talks into going on the treasure hunt. Simple performance from Donald who never needs to use his talent. (6/10)


Actor Review: Alexis Dziena – Gemma daughter of Nigel who is a total diva and dumb as a rock. Funny performance whose simple lines of stupidity will make you laugh. (8/10)


Actor Review: Ewen Bremner – Alfonz Finn’s diving partner who is a little bit inappropriate at times. Good supporting role that never really develops as much as he should. (6/10)


Actor Review: Ray Winstone – Moe experienced treasure hunter who wants to be remembered for his finds but will not resort to dirty tricks. Good performance but only a small supporting role. (6/10)


Actor Review: Kevin Hart – Bigg rapper gangster who wants to gold for himself, will kill for it. Good villainous role showing he knows nothing about the idea of treasure hunter but is drawn to gold. (8/10)


Director Review: Andy Tennant – Good direction to create a fun adventure romantic comedy. (8/10)


Adventure: Good adventure in the treasure hunter side to the story. (8/10)

Comedy: Couple of laughs from supporting characters. (7/10)

Romance: Simple romance between the Finn and Tess. (7/10)

Believability: Treasure hunters everywhere but adding the romance side takes the believability away. (4/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: All very beautiful settings in the tropical island. (8/10)

Suggestion: This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but I think most people will enjoy parts of it, it is easy to watch so just sit back and enjoy. (Try It)


Best Part: Gemma mixes up words while talking about her father’s boat name.

Worst Part:  Even with the peril you never think anything will happen to the good guys.

Action Scene Of The Film: Final showdown.

Funniest Scene: Gemma figures out how the boat got its name.

Oscar Chances: No

Chances of Sequel: Could do, but I doubt it.

Tagline: This February true love takes a dive


Overall: Fun Adventure Comedy

Rating 73

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