Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson star in this romantic comedy love twist treasure hunt in the sea. McConaughey plays Ben Finnegan, a typical surf bum, always getting in to trouble and finding it hard to get out of it. He is also obsessed with trying to find the “Queen’s Dowry” treasure which was lost in 1715.
Kate Hudson plays Tess Finnegan, Ben’s wife (kind-of), their relationship is very rough and they manage to become divorced just before they start looking for the treasure which only adds to the comedy.
Tess enjoys the thrill of offshore salvage just as much as Ben, however she wanted to calm down slightly and finish her degree. Just as they are getting divorced Ben finds a vital clue which can lead them to the treasure that they have been hunting for.
As I said earlier, Ben likes to find himself in trouble a lot of the time and manages to owe a very dangerous Rapper some money for the boat he accidentally sunk. The Rapper knows what Ben has been trying to find and when he finds out that Ben found a vital clue takes the situation in to his own hands.
The hunt is on for the first team to find the treasure which is worth 500 Million Dollars. Ben enlists the help of a multi-million dollar tycoon who employed Tess as a steward. From there, the clues begin to unfold as Ben and Tess unveil more of the information surrounding the story of the cargo sinking just off the shore of the Island where they live.
FUNNY OR NOT?
Fool’s Gold was easier to sit through than most movies I have seen lately, I have seen a couple over the past few weeks and haven’t bothered to review them because they were that bad. I think McConaughey is quite a funny actor anyway, but linking up with the likes of Kate Hudson, Ray Winston, Donald Sutherland and “Spud” from Trainspotting added to the comedy.
I wouldn’t say it is as good as National Treasure, those films are in a world of their own and were fantastic but I would definitely recommend going to see this at the cinema or when it comes out on DVD.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship meets Karate Kid. Seeing the trailer for the first time I thought it was another Fast and the Furious movie, but with nothing else on at the moment decided it was worth a viewing in comparison to the other let downs. I am an avid UFC fan and have been for years so when something like this pops up at the cinema I’ll be extremely picky about it.
Never Back Down is set in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). The movie revolves around Jake Tyler played by Sean Faris. Jake is a touch american football playing kid who wears his heart on his sleeve. He is not adverse to using his fists to get him in to and out of nasty situations on the pitch. When his little brother is picked out to have a scholarship in Orlando the family had to move.
Orlando is a different world all together. The school where Jake ends up is in a craze of Ultimate Fighting and set up illegal un-justified brawls where the school kids think it’s great. Thanks to Jakes last football game, the new kids think he is an awesome contender to be the best fighter in the school and the current champ Ryan McCarthy played by Cam Gigandet doesn’t like it.
Jake attempts to fit in, and thanks to a flirty classmate called Baja played by Amber Heard ends up at a McCarthy’s party. Jake is offered a fight with McCarthy but turns it down. McCarthy then touches a nerve with Jake to get him to fight and the brawl ensues with Jake ending up flat out on the floor unconscious.
Emotionally trodden on, Jake is told of an MMA trainer near his home called Jean Roqua played by Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) who can teach him Mixed Martial Arts.
HOW REALISTIC IS NEVER BACK DOWN?
Never Back Down is definitely a mix between Fast and the Furious and Karate Kid with the MMA add-on. The fighting is pretty good, they don’t fight in an octagon but the skills are pretty defined. They have obviously tried to make it a lot better with all the flashing lights and music but the movie went well together and Sean Faris played a brilliant part in the movie. He reminded me of a young Tom Cruise, like a new age Far and Away.
Djimon Hounsou had obviously gone through a lot of training and it was just like watching a UFC training session. Hounsou is turning out to be a very inspiring actor, leading a very junior cast who most of them I had never seen before.
I would recommend to go and see it, even if for most people it may be to just pass some time.