Gringo

By Angie Raphael

2.5 stars

An overworked script ruined what was a promising concept for this film. Gringo is about mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) whose bosses (Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron) use him as an unwitting pawn in their dodgy dealings in Mexico. Soon, Harold is forced to confront local drug lords and a black-ops mercenary, who is questioning his own morality, as he fights to survive. Writers Matthew Stone and Anthony Tambakis have tried to throw too many ideas into the one script, but most of the plot twists are less than satisfying. Director Nash Edgerton, who was a stuntman for years, adds some fun action sequences in Gringo, but the film lacks enough solid laughs for a dark comedy. Theron over-acts a little but she is probably the most entertaining actor to watch as the seductive and raunchy woman in power. Gringo is almost two hours long and feels like an endurance test. 


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