Gringo Review

Starring: David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, Harry Treadaway, Sharlto Copley

Director: Nash Edgerton

Release date: 9th March 2018

Head of Promethium Pharmaceuticals, Richard Russ (Joel Edgerton), receives a late night phone call which gives him the news of a kidnapping. Rewind to two days previous and we meet Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo). He is informed by his friend and boss, Richard that they are going on a business trip to Mexico but he is told very little about the real reasons behind the excursion. They get there and unbeknownst to Harold, Richard is involved with a drug lord known as ‘The Black Panther’. He gets one of his associates to tell TBP that they want to end their business deal. Unfortunately the news does not go down well and TBP somehow gets it into his head that Harold is the Boss. He tells his men to go and get him. Meanwhile Harold and Richard and their associate, Elaine (Charlize Theron) are due to leave for the airport. Harold receives some crushing news during the night and doesn’t make the car to the airport. So begins a game of cat and mouse.. Can Harold make it home alive and in one piece?


Sometimes it’s better not to know too much about what you’re going to watch and ‘Gringo’ is a prime example of one such movie. What you think is a very straight forward story, soon becomes one of twists, turns, laughs and murder. The cast in the movie has been perfectly chosen and each member brings their own brilliance to it. Big kudos goes to British born actor, David Oyelowo, who plays the hero to perfection. I loved him in ‘A United Kingdom’ and also as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jnr in ‘Selma’. He’s a fantastic actor who really endeared himself to me in ‘Gringo’. Charlize Theron has a bit of a ‘Sharon Stone vibe’ going on in this movie, and what I mean by that is that if you squint, you’d almost think it was her; Blonde hair and red lipstick wielding femme fatale. Another well-known face you’ll recognise in this movie is South African born, Sharlto Copley. He plays Richard’s brother, Mitch but you’ll probably know him for his roles in ‘District 9’ and ‘Chappie’.


I absolutely loved this movie. Ultimately a tale of mistaken identity and deception, ‘Gringo’ is a really great movie. It has everything you could want; naïve hero, devious baddies, a kidnapping gone wrong, drug lords, and twists and turns aplenty.


A dark and very funny action comedy and running at just under 2 hours, ‘Gringo’ is a must see movie. Seriously, go see it.

Overall: 8.5/10

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