Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) is a smart, but naïve man, born in Nigeria. He is the Operations Manager for a pharmaceutical company with facilities in several countries, including Mexico. He believes his boss – Richard Rusk – is his friend, until he learns that the company is about to go public, and he will probably be fired. In debt way over his head and married to a woman (Thandie Newton) who tells him she wants a divorce on Skype while he’s in Mexico, Harold becomes desperate.
Elaine Markinson (Charlize Theron), diabolical business partner of duplicitous Richard Rusk (Joel Edgerton), knows exactly how to get a rise out of the men she works with. Foul mouthed, gorgeously sexy, shrewd, and self-centered, she provided most of the belly laughs in this dark comedy.
Without giving away the story, which involves vicious Mexican drug lords, a morally-conflicted black-ops mercenary, the DEA, two young Americans, and quick-to-learn Harold Soyinka who ends up on the run from the above, GRINGO is fast-paced, exciting, full of twists and turns, satisfying ending, convincing actors and great entertainment. Totally enjoyable.
Director: Nash Edgerton
David Oyelowo as Harold Soyinka
Thandie Newton as Bonnie Soyinka
Charlize Theron as Elaine Markinson
Joel Edgerton as Richard Rusk
Amanda Seyfried as Sunny
Harry Treadaway as Miles
Kenneth Choi as Marty
Sharlto Copley as Mitch Rusk