Every once in a while you see a film which you really want to like and you find yourself really not being able to as the film has not one redeeming quality. There are not many more likable actors than Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson. There are not many more respected actors than Donald Sutherland. Somehow the film falls flat despite all that it has going for it.
To say that Ben 'Finn' Finnegan's (Matthew McConaughey – How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, The Wedding Planner) life is a bit chaotic at the moment is an understatement. He and his diver-for-hire, Alfonz (Ewen Bremner – Match Point, Trainspotting), are diving for the long lost treasure the Queen's Dowry off the Florida coast when his boat blows up. He is captured, roughed up and threatened by rap mogul Bigg Bunny (Kevin Hart – Along Came Polly, Scary Movie 3), who he owes over $60,000 to. To top it off he is late for his own divorce proceedings and so cannot register his objections. Life has become more than the fast talking Finn can handle.
Things begin to change after Alfonz tells him that multi-millionaire Nigel Honeycutt (Donald Sutherland – Cold Mountain, The Italian Job – 2003) and his daughter, Gemma (Alexis Dziena – Broken Flowers), are docked just off the shore. Sensing the opportunity that Honeycutt's money would afford him, Finn sets off to convince the millionaire to back his hunt for the Queen's Dowry. After impressing everyone by saving Gemma's hat, Finn finds himself onboard the Honeycutt yacht and having dinner with them. Much to everyone's surprise, Finn's ex-wife, Tess (Kate Hudson – Almost Famous, Raising Helen), is the steward of the ship. Once over the initial disgust, even Tess finds herself caught up in Finn's enthusiasm for the hunt. She helps him convince Honeycutt to back his search for the 18th century treasure.
Everything is going swimmingly until they discover that Bigg Bunny has hired the respected and Finn's former mentor Moe Fitch (Ray Winstone – Beowulf, The Departed) to search for the treasure for him. A few days behind Fitch, Finn and his crew rush to catch up.
When I said that this film does not have anything going for it I was a little hasty in that there is one good thing about the film…and I hope I am not going to lose all credibility here, but…McConaughey is in a bathing suit for most of the film and his bod is worth the price of admission.
All kidding aside (ok, I was kinda serious), it seems like McConaughey is intent on making the same film until he gets it right. Remember that disaster of a film from a few years ago "Sahara"? Well, this is that film again without the desert and Kate Hudson instead of Penelope Cruz. Once again he is a treasure hunter scouring the depths of the seas looking for long lost treasure. Even his rocking body can't make up for that. It was bad the first time and only marginally better this time. It was not funny, full of clichés and not sure if it is a romantic comedy or an action film. To make matters worse the comedy is cheesy and the action is not exciting. An okay film to rent or watch on a movie channel, but certainly not worth purchasing.
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