The two of them team up to search the jungles for the perfect spot to dig and as soon as it seems they’ve found it they are dragged into the ruthless world that is the business of mining. Viewed as disposable small time hustlers by the big companies, and exploitable by their rivals, we see the story largely in ﬂashbacks as Kenny is being interviewed by the FBI and we know something somewhere is eventually going to go very wrong.
Kenny drinks too much, smokes too much and has what could comfortably be described as a loose grip on morality, but he is our hero and he is deep down a good person. Portraying this kind of deeply ﬂawed but ultimately good character seems effortless to McConaughey and it’s what we’re all here for, and though the rest of the cast are far from slouching around this is McConaughey’s show. You can feel yourself willing Kenny to be a better person as the ﬁlm plays out before you,
desperately wanting him to rise to the top of the increasingly rotten garbage pile gathering around him.
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