An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth — or two steps ahead?
What We Thought:
Overall I liked Gringo, but it suffers from Hollywood’s biggest flaw lately, unnecessary characters and substories. You can cut at least 2 characters from the movie and pretty much have the same film at the end.
You can cut Amanda Seyfried, her boyfriend and them being in Mexico and still get to the end without much changes. You see that a lot lately and I don’t know why.
Besides that, I thought the movie was quite entertaining. It reminded me of Logan Lucky from last year with similar layers, double crosses, comedy and action.
David Oyelowo shows a completely different side of his acting abilities. He plays a Nigerian immigrant who learns some hard truths and must fight his way through Mexico. He thought his boss (Joel Edgerton) was his friend, but he might not be. The actor best known for Selma is genuinely funny and I’d actually like to see him in a buddy comedy now.
Then there’s Charlize Theron. Can she do any wrong? She’s kind of a bitch in this looking down on pretty much everyone and it’s a beautiful thing. Edgerton is always good. Same for Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley. It’s just a smart, well acted and pretty funny action-comedy.
If you liked Logan Lucky last year and like this cast, give Gringo a shot. I don’t know how well it will do at the box office despite an A-list cast. Despite some unnecessary parts I do hope people check it out because I liked it.
Cast & Crew:
- David Oyelowo
- Charlize Theron
- Joel Edgerton
- Thandie Newton
- Sharlto Copley
- Amanda Seyfried