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.
Evan Birch is a family man and esteemed professor at a distinguished college, where his charm and reputation have made his philosophy class very popular. When a female student named Joyce goes missing, Evan's previous off-campus dalliances make his wife question his alibi. Gruff police Detective Malloy has even more reason to be suspicious when crucial evidence makes Evan the prime suspect in Joyce's disappearance. Suddenly, the questions Evan faces aren't merely academic - they're a matter of life or death.
Evan Birch is a happily married man with two beautiful kids and a caring wife. He teaches philosophy at the university which also qualifies him as a wisdom bearer. With blissful family life and fulfilling career Evan could not ask for better. But, wait, it is not what it looks like, there is more to it. There is girl missing in town, a teen, studying at the same university Evan is associated with, and guess what?
Evan is suspected for her disappearance. Police are interrogating him but how can a law-abiding citizen with beautiful family, friends and a satisfying professional life has anything to do with a teens disappearance?
Well, the protagonist here will confuse you about his nature, psyche, disposition, with strange observations, deed, and demeanor. Making you question his virtue and dignity. But at the same time his goodness and nobility creates also a positive vibe for him. And there is your 'mystery' connected with the protagonist himself. Did he or didn't he?
Spinning man is well executed as a mystery thriller, but it could have been better, regarding the strong narrative and cast. Based on the novel of the same name, screenplay is written cleverly, screwing with audiences minds and have them making assumptions while arranging events rapidly. Guy Pearce is fabulous concerning the difficult character he is playing. Brosnan also shines as a detective.
Overall , spinning man is worth a watch, if you dig ephemeral perplexity.
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