GOLD – Review by T.J. Callahan

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Gold is NOT about that high priced, highly valued commodity we know as gasoline. It is about a giant, shiny nugget that’s hidden in the sand of a near future dystopian desert and about what that nugget does to the two men who find it. Zac Efron stars as one of those men who lets the potential for a fortune get the best (or worst) of him. As a matter of fact, his character is just named Man One. That’s because Gold is a minimalist film with few actors and one location, but it’s a film that’s big on imagery. We’re to believe Efron hasn’t bathed in weeks. His pretty boy face is scarred and sunburned. He doesn’t sing, he doesn’t dance. This isn’t Beach Blanket Bingo, but a sandy game of greed and survival in an unforgiving desert with minimal supplies that are meant to last for several days as Man One protects his valuable find. Spoiler alert: No Hanukkah miracle happens here. Efron endures extreme temperatures, scorpions, snakes, dust storms, wild dogs, a mysterious woman scavenger and Methodists (obligatory Blazing Saddles reference) as he awaits help from Man Two. Gold is the perfect film for Efron to show his acting skills and convince us he’s not just a matinee idol…and he does. But, unfortunately, the story isn’t up to 24 karat standards. Billed as an action thriller, Gold relies on creative camera work to capture the intensity of the narrative, but overall could use some polishing. Ricky gives Gold 2 eyes open under protective goggles

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.