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Gringo (2018)

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GRINGO, a dark comedy mixed with white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, explores the battle of survival for businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) when he finds himself crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal.

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Nash Edgerton

Writers:

Anthony Tambakis (screenplay by), Matthew Stone (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel Edgerton ... Richard Rusk
Charlize Theron ... Elaine Markinson
David Oyelowo ... Harold Soyinka
Thandie Newton ... Bonnie Soyinka
Bashir Salahuddin ... Stu
Glenn Kubota ... Shigetoshi Yasumura
Melonie Diaz ... Mia
Amanda Seyfried ... Sunny
Harry Treadaway ... Miles
Theo Taplitz ... Justin
Paris Jackson ... Nelly
Yul Vazquez ... Angel Valverde
Hernán Mendoza ... Celerino Sanchez
Hector Kotsifakis ... Roberto Vega
Ricardo Esquerra Ricardo Esquerra ... Sanchez's Brother in Law
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Storyline

An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth - or two steps ahead? Written by Amazon Studios

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Taglines:

When you're in bed with the cartel, everyone gets screwed. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

rated R for language throughout, violence and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Australia | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Yoruba

Release Date:

9 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gringo See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,722,420, 11 March 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,969,853

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,001,627, 22 June 2018
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After Harold is told two allegorical stories about gorillas, one by his wife and one by his boss, he asks why everyone is suddenly talking about the animal. He is later told a story about a black bear by Mitch Rusk, which closely resembles the attack by Travis the chimpanzee on Charla Nash in 2009. This would make the third story about great apes that appears in the film. See more »

Goofs

When the bartender calls Black Panther to come after Harold, his phone's screen stays on, showing the actual time, instead of going blank. See more »

Quotes

Harold Soyinka: Why do I always get screwed for doing my job?
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Connections

Featured in Conan: Kevin Hart/Nash Edgerton (2018) See more »

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Criminal
Written by Earl St. Clair (as Earl Johnson), David Embree, Todd Spadafore, Byron White, George Clinton (as George Clinton Jr.), Bernie Worrell (as Bernard Worrell), Bootsy Collins (as William Collins)
Performed by Earl St. Clair
Courtesy of Def Jam Recordings
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Overly complicated, dull and uninvolving.
22 March 2018 | by HellmantSee all my reviews

'GRINGO': Two and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

An action-comedy about an American businessman that's handling the business of a marijuana pill in Mexico, for his American employers, when he's kidnapped by the cartel there. The film stars David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Sharlto Copley, Amanda Seyfried and Thandie Newton. It was directed by Nash Edgerton (Joel's brother), and scripted by Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone. The film has gotten mostly negative reviews from critics, and it's also bombed at the Box Office as well. I was also not impressed by it.

Harold Soyinka (Oyelowo) is a down on his luck businessman, who works for Cannabix Technologies Inc.. His employers have developed a medical marijuana 'Weed Pill', and they send Harold to Mexico to handle the manufacturing of it there. The Mexican cartel wants the technology for itself though, so they kidnap Harold and demand a ransom (or so it seems). Harold's bosses (Edgerton and Theron) send a professional (Copley) in to Mexico to rescue him. Things don't go as planned though.

The movie is overly complicated, dull and uninvolving. It's a shame too, because the cast is fantastic. I really wanted to like it, and root for another Edgerton to succeed (Joel is doing amazing, he's cast in everything it seems). I couldn't wait for the film to be over though, and I found very little of it to be amusing or funny at all. Even when Sharlto Copley enters the movie, he couldn't breathe any new life into it!


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