GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.
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 his 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?Written by
An action-comedy about an American businessman that's handling the business of a marijuana pill in Mexico, for his American employers, when he's kidnapped by the cartel there. The film stars David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Sharlto Copley, Amanda Seyfried and Thandie Newton. It was directed by Nash Edgerton (Joel's brother), and scripted by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone. The film has gotten mostly negative reviews from critics, and it's also bombed at the Box Office as well. I was also not impressed by it.
Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) is a down on his luck businessman, who works for Cannabix Technologies Inc.. His employers have developed a medical marijuana 'Weed Pill', and they send Harold to Mexico to handle the manufacturing of it there. The Mexican cartel wants the technology for itself though, so they kidnap Harold and demand a ransom (or so it seems). Harold's bosses (Edgerton and Theron) send a professional (Copley) in to Mexico to rescue him. Things don't go as planned though.
The movie is overly complicated, dull and uninvolving. It's a shame too, because the cast is fantastic. I really wanted to like it, and root for another Edgerton to succeed (Joel is doing amazing, he's cast in everything it seems). I couldn't wait for the film to be over though, and I found very little of it to be amusing or funny at all. Even when Sharlto Copley enters the movie, he couldn't breathe any new life into it!
28 of 54 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this