David Oyelowo is Harold. He’s the play-it-straight sort. Harold is from Rwanda and an immigrant used by his smarmy boss Richard and Richard’s nasty assistant. They’re done with almost tongue-in-cheek nastiness by Joel Edgerton (“Red Sparrow”) and Charlize Theron.
Harold is the patsy in their scheme to dominate the U.S. marijuana market. On a trip they all take to Mexico he figures things out and disappears. It turns out Richard and his assistant have also put Harold in the sights of the head of a very dangerous drug cartel.
“Gringo” is directed by Nash Edgerton (Joel’s brother) and is written by “Warrior’s” Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone of the 2002 hit, “Big Trouble.” They don’t let up from the opening sequences to the film’s climax. All of the actors have a pretty good time with their parts, but it is Theron who seizes the day. Though she has a career full of great parts and an Oscar, a Golden Globe and other awards to show for it, Theron gives one of her best ever performances.
“Gringo” offers up a bad-news, good-news scenario. There are twists aplenty, but for an R-rated flick it’s rather sanitized. By sanitized I mean it’s violent without a lot of gore and adult without being packed with language that would make a sailor blush.
Or to put it a bit more succinctly, this is Quentin Tarantino light.
Movie name: Gringo
Director: Nash Edgerton
Stars: David Oyelowo, Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, Amanda Seyfried, Harry Treadway, Yul Vazquez
Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars
Rated R for mature themes, language and some violence. It’s playing at Fairchild Cinemas Pasco 12, Regal’s Columbia Center 8 and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.