22 January 2014 | jmillerdp
Thank Gosh THAT'S Over!
Man, six interminable hours! Tons of commercials. And, for what? Something that would've been much better in a two-hour documentary.
Discovery has done well with other projects, like "The Challenger Disaster" with William Hurt. But, they definitely chose the wrong people to helm this project! This whole thing is like a watered-down version of "Deadwood," or something like that. Just lots of ugliness with no real point. Tim Roth is, by far, the chief irritant here. He's doing his thousandth (or so!) portrayal of the sociopath who gets off on tormenting people before killing them.
Even though it takes pretty much forever to get there, the synopsis of this miniseries is: hard-working people mine for gold, and scumbags kill them off to get their gold. That's it! The script endlessly meanders and has no narrative thrust. The direction is uninspired. The cinematography is muddy. The score seems disassociated from the goings on.
In short, please skip it! (Unless this reaches you too late. Sorry 'bout that!)
** (2 Out of 10 Stars)