Please do not dismiss this film as a juvenile stupid crime drama. The film has an excellent script – all the acting is great, dialogue is great, development is great. Extremely enjoyable.
A pitch-black, often very funny slice of pulp fiction with a number of stand-out performances, notably the ferocious Theron.
It’s a surprising high point in Oyelowo’s already distinguished career, and a not-at-all shabby debut for Edgerton the director.
Mild-mannered US businessman Harold Soyinka finds himself at the mercy of backstabbing colleagues, local drug lords and a black ops mercenary after travelling to Mexico. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold fights to survive an increasingly dangerous situation that raises the question of whether he is out of his depth, or two steps ahead.
This film suffers only from the fact that it sets up the wrong expectations with the vibe of its trailer, which tries to sell it as a stoner comedy/drug mule flick. However, Gringo is much more complex and interesting than that. It comes down to an excellent script. This could’ve gone in so many directions but it went perfectly in this direction. All the acting is great, dialogue is great, development is great. Up there with one of the top films of the year. It is great fab fun – very, very enjoyable.
And Charlize Theron totally rocks this film with a mix of over the top bitchy boss attitude and vulnerability. Really great to see her doing something like this. Totally different than other roles.
USA 2018, 110 min, rated R16 (violence, sex scenes & offensive language)
Directed by Nash Edgerton
Starring Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried, Thandie Newton & Harry Treadaway