2018 (UK), Drama/Crime, 1h 51m
Starring: David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Joel Edgerton & Thandie Newton
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.
Gringo is a messy, confused entry in the crime genre that wastes its stellar ensemble on an uninspiring narrative and leaves minimal impact.
I don’t think it’s possible to sit through this ‘comedy’ without feeling completely miserable, and to remember a time when these comic-grotesque shenanigans might have seemed fresh – the mid-90s, roughly.
It can’t decide wether it wants to be a comedy or a thriller, and it fails miserably at both, and is ridiculously forgettable.
The likes of Theron and Newton are completely wasted on this mediocre film, I can only guess that the pay was good.