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Fool’s Gold (2008)

Elevator Pitch.

An adventurer, obsessed with a search for Spanish treasure in the Bahamas finds himself divorced, his now former wife having taken a job as steward on a rich Brit’s yacht, but during his last dive, when his boat was sunk he found evidence of the sunken gallion he has been seeking, and convinces the owner of the yacht to provide the vessel and the money to continue the search; it is his bad luck that both a island criminal boss and his former treasure hunting mentor also looking for the treasure.


There are a lot of under water set pieces, and much interaction on board the yacht in blue tropical waters. The criminal elements wave guns about quite a bit and one or two are shot, mostly not fatally. The divorced couple get together (not really a spoiler) in the search for the gold. Young women are seen in bikinis and one or two flash their boobs. There is drinking, but no smoking or drug taking and one implied sex scene.

Duration 1h 52m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A not very original screenplay
Director Andy Tennant
Writers/Script John Claflin, Daniel Zelman, Andy Tennant (story by John Claflin, Daniel Zelman)
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Kate Hudson, Donald Sutherland, Alexis Dziena, Ewen Bremner, Ray Winstone, Kevin Hart,
A View It only got 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, but come on guys, it was not that bad. The under water scenes were fun, and it had a sort of pantomime quality which was moderately engaging. I did note that Kate Hudson’s poster bikini did not feature in the movie, maybe a disappointment for her teenage fans. Doze along with it on a Sunday afternoon. I did.
Additional Info The yacht used for the film can be chartered for $70,000 a week so was a small contribution to the $70 million the film cost. It might just have made its money back.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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