I know that I usually only write reviews about documentary films. However, I was so surprised by this film that I felt compelled to write a review. The previews for this movie looked interesting. But so do previews for a lot of really awful movies. I hadn’t read any reviews and I decided to watch the movie and decide for myself. I am so glad that I did.
The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez, and Bryce Dallas Howard. There are many other great actors and a lot of talent throughout the film. Directed by Stephen Gaghan, the film is described as an American Crime Adventure. It was released in December 2016 and is based on a true story.
This is not a typical Matthew McConaughey film. He is gritty, real and as un-Hollywood as a Hollywood actor can get. His character is flawed, crass, despicable at times and you still root for him. Edgar Ramirez is brilliant as the geologist. They are perfect foils for each other. As flawed as McConaughey’s character was, Ramirez’s was pulled together and precise. Both performances were beautiful to watch. And that is all I want to tell you about this film. There is a mystery to this film and a beauty in the filming and unfolding of the story that can be ruined by telling to much of it.
This movie is worth watching. When it finished, I felt like the time had flown by. And the mystery….. I am still thinking about it.