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Gringo is a 2018 American comedy film starring David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton and Sharlto Copley. The story follows a mild-mannered businessman, Harrold Soyinka, who is sent to Mexico by his backstabbing bosses only to become embroiled in kidnapping, the drug cartels and mercenaries. As Harold fights to survive an increasingly dangerous situation that raises the question — is he out of his depth or two steps ahead?
Overall I found Gringo to be an enjoyably mad film that while it is a little slow in places and certainly not perfect it had enough to keep me entertained. I will admit, I was not entirely sure what to think going into this movie but I was pleasantly surprised and it was better than I expected. In other words, that’s a polite way of me saying I thought it had potential to be a bit shit, but it wasn’t. Huzzah!
David Oyelowo is perfect in the lead role, he’s absolutely hilarious and you root for this down on his luck man throughout the entire film. I find it quite rare to be fully behind main protagonists these days in cinema but Oyelowo’s performance had me wanting him to succeed and come out on top from the very start. Meanwhile Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron are good as his asshole bosses while Sharlto Copley is enjoyable (as usual, I’m a fan) in his role of mercenary turned humanitarian aid worker.
The movie was a little slow in a few places and the a subplot with Amanda Seyfield and Harry Treadaway felt a little tagged on for the most part. Ultimately it did all tie together but I think Gringo would have worked better had it focused all of its efforts on the character of Harrold Soyinka as in the end it is David Oyelowo’s performance and likability that carries this film until the end.
A few gripes aside, I did enjoy Gringo and left the cinema happy. So it is certainly worth a watch in my opinion.
Verdict: Thumbs Up