What You Need To Know - July 12, 2018

Gringo: What You Need To Know
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Gringo: What You Need To Know

A new dark comedy from the writers behind Life and Jane Got a Gun sees a mild-mannered corporate executive thrown head first into a world of drug deals, Mexican cartels and bungling mercenaries. Gringo arrives in stores on Monday (July 16th), here's everything you need to know about.

Who's in it?

The film's impressive cast includes David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Joel Edgerton, Thandie Newton, Amanda Seyfried and Sharlto Copley.

And who's directing?

Gringo is helmed by The Square director Nash Edgerton (who also happens to be Joel Edgerton's brother). He works from a script penned by Life screenwriter Matthew Stone and Jane Got a Gun scribe Anthony Tambakis.

Whats the plot?

Richard Rusk (Edgerton) and Elaine Markinson (Theron) stars as two ruthless owners of a pharmaceutical company named Promethium, whose latest product, Cannabax, puts medicinal marijuana into pill form looks set to be a big money-spinner for the firm.

Meanwhile, one of the company's representatives, Harold (Oyelowo), is having a tough time having learned from his accountant that, due to his wife's extravagant spending, he is broke. Harold is then called into a meeting with Richard and Elaine and tasked with delivering the formula for their new product to a laboratory in Mexico. What they don't tell him is that they have been selling quantities of their marijuana pill to the Mexican cartel, and that when a potential merger with another company became probable they decided to cut off the cartel's supply in order not to taint the deal.

Unsurprisingly, this doesn't go down too well with the cartel's leaders and, thinking that Harold is the head of the pharmaceutical company, they instruct a pair of henchmen to bring Harold to them. However, after learning that his wife has been cheating on him, Harold snaps and devises a plan of his own to fake his own kidnapping in return for a hefty ransom. Thinking the kidnapping is for real, Richard calls in his brother Mitch, a mercenary, to find Harold and bring home back. Then things start to get really messy...

Does it deliver?

There are one or two occasions when the plot gets a little confusing and the odd joke that falls flat, but for the most part the film's impressive cast makes Gringo tick and there are some great performances here, particularly from Sharlto Copley and David Oyelowo. While the latter has become known for his turns in weighty dramas such as Selma, here he proves adept at comedy too and is one of the highlights of Nash Edgerton's darkly comic movie.

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