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GRINGO review

Chances Are This Won’t End Well

Nash Edgerton’s directorial debut, “Gringo”, follows a middle-level pharmaceutical representative as he attempts to give his all for his company.  Stuck in a rut, Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) sees his life as he knows it crumbling around him.  His wife, Bonnie (Thandie Newton), is becoming increasingly-distant and his company looks to be merging with another conglomerate.  After an unsuccessful trip to their manufacturer in Mexico with his two bosses, Richard Rusk (Joel Edgerton) and Elaine Markinson (Charlize Theron), Harold comes-up with a plan that he believes is fool proof after learning that they have created a “weed pill” and it is in very high demand.  He stages his own kidnapping, right down to the phone call asking for 5 million dollars.  However, Harold is unfortunately unaware that his boss cut-back on the insurance plan and there is no money available.  The rest of the film follows as the Cartel joins the mix, as does Richard’s brother Mitch (Sharlto Copley) and an unsuspecting couple, Sunny (Amanda Seyfried) and Miles (Harry Treadaway).

Gringo features a great, well-rounded cast and is filled with plenty of hilarious hijinks and action sequences; making it a thoroughly entertaining action comedy!  The aspect of the film that elevates it the most is the great cast.  Led by the hilariously-charming and scene stealing Oyelowo, Theron is also having a fantastic time as a character more vulgar and conniving than anybody she’s played yet.  Edgerton nails the “bad guy” persona and Copley shows once again why it’s a crime that he’s so underused in Hollywood.  For Nash Edgerton’s debut, he couldn’t have asked for a better cast!  He also shows that he has a lot of promise; the action sequences were well-filmed and the pace and tone of the film was always consistent.  The film’s script also features a few great one-liners, as well as a couple “lessons” built into the story as well.

However, the film does have a few minor issues that are, at times, glaring.  So much of the film’s plot elements and twists are painfully predictable.  While this doesn’t entirely take you out of the film, it does become a bit repetitive as you’re already seeing it in your head before it happens.  “Gringo” also has a run time of 110 minutes, which is just long enough to keep your attention.  However, it is still a surprise-enjoyment and, in my opinion, the best film being released this weekend! The film never tries to be more than what it is meant to be; a fun, roaringly-funny action comedy that entertains you from start to finish with its wit, charm, and incredibly-talented cast!  Don’t believe the mass media; this is the film to see in theaters this weekend!

“Gringo” follows a wild, crazy story as a pharmaceutical representative attempts to take matters into his own hands by staging his kidnapping in Mexico.  The film features plenty of laughs, a cast that is mostly venturing outside of their comfort zones, and some memorable action scenes.  If you are heading to the movies this weekend, then go see the best release of the week!!  


GRINGO is rated R for language throughout, violence and sexual content, in theaters MARCH 9TH!

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