For years, The Weinstein Company was an Oscar Powerhouse. Thanks to Harvey’s handshaking and not-a-bribery, he managed to get nominated almost every year, from 2008 to 2014, in multiple categories, and even managed to get a win for The King’s Speech and The Artist. However, they’ve recently run into trouble, hemorrhaging money and failing to get any Best Picture nominees last year, despite the universal acclaim of Carol. This year, they have a fairly week field, and don’t seem to know what to do with the films they have. While The Founder is destined to underplay, and no one knows how Lion will do, their last ditch effort, Gold, seems like it has some potential.
The film follows Kenny Wells (Matthew McConaughey), an overweight, down-on-his-luck prospector, teams up with geologist Michael Acosta (Édgar Ramírez) to hunt for gold in the jungles of Indonesia.
It looks like a solid adventure film exploring greed, in the vein of Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I haven’t seen director Stephen Gaghan’s other film Syriana, but I’ve heard good things. I’m intrigued enough to give this one a chance. You can watch the trailer below, and see if Weinstein can manage to restore himself to his former glory on December 25th.