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Gringo

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Nash Edgerton
  • 106 mins
  • 15

Summary

Action crime comedy starring David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton and Charlize Theron. Pharmaceuticals executive Harold Soyinka discovers that his bosses plan to fire him despite his apparent value. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Harold, the company has been selling its wares to a dangerous Mexican cartel - whom they also plan to cut off. Aiming to fleece his employers, Harold stages his own kidnapping, but things soon spiral out of control.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A strait-laced businessman (David Oyelowo) falls foul of Mexican drugs cartels when his American pharmaceutical company bosses send him south of the border to oversee the manufacture of a "weed pill" (medical marijuana in tablet form) in this action-packed romp. After he's kidnapped by a ruthless gang looking for a larger share of the profits, his paymasters hire an unhinged troubleshooter (Sharlto Copley) to rescue him, resulting in a succession of riotously comic and violent skirmishes. The outlandish set pieces are neatly punctuated by some choice verbal sparring between the leads, with more laughs provided by Charlize Theron as a drugs firm bigwig who's arguably as tough as the Mexican baddies. Director Nash Edgerton maintains a lively pace throughout, raising the odd question about the morality and exploitation attached to legalising pot. But, for the most part, he aims for the viewer's funny bone and scores a pleasing number of direct hits.

Credits

Cast

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Richard RuskJoel Edgerton
Harold SoyinkaDavid Oyelowo
Elaine MarkinsonCharlize Theron
SunnyAmanda Seyfried
Angel ValverdeYul Vasquez
Bonnie SoyinkaThandiwe Newton
Mitch RuskSharlto Copley
MartyKenneth Choi
JerryAlan Ruck
MilesHarry Treadaway

Crew

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DirectorNash Edgerton

Details

Theatrical distributor
STX Entertainment
Released on
2018-03-09
Languages
English | Yoruba | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing
Formats
Colour
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