|I think I made the same face during the entire screening.|
"Why do I always get screwed for doing my job?"
Movie trailers are becoming a bit of a curse lately. It seems that many of them are either giving away an entire film's plot from start to finish (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), spoiling all of the cool reveals (Terminator Genisys), or they're previewing a film that turns out to be completely different than advertised (Passengers). The trailers for Gringo do just that by pretending to show a funny R-rated comedy with dark elements, that in actuality turns out to be nothing more than a bunch of empty people treating a poor guy as poorly as humanely possible. Are there actually wealthy people that enjoy seeing a hard working average joe continually fall flat on his face, while they manipulate the fragile world around him? Because that's the impression that this film leaves long after it's over. This isn't a tale about a guy who overcomes the adversities in his life through sheer will. This is a tale about a human doormat who through the fateful prerogative of a screenwriter's pen/typewriter/keyboard, makes it out alive off of pure dumb luck. Sort of like the goofball (at whatever social function you can picture in your head) that bends down to pick up his fallen ice cream cone as a drive-by mows down everybody standing upright around him; he didn't earn that victory and deserves not one shred of credit for surviving. David Oyelowo (Interstellar) as Harold Soyinka, is that doormat. His wife sucks. His "friends" and co-workers suck. And his life most certainly sucks. The trailers are cut to give the impression that Harold's sufferings are shown in a hilarious way, when in full form they are just sad to witness. Even when Sharlto Copley (Hardcore Henry) shows up to lighten the depression, he only provides a momentary comical distraction before things inevitably go back into the pisser. Joel Edgerton (Bright) and Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) sell their characters well, however you can only watch a selfish douchebag and an indifferent opportunist bounce hateful banter off each other for so long before needing to escape and take a shower. Thandie Newton (Solo: A Star Wars Story) is entirely wasted as Harold's unsatisfiable wife, as we only hear from her when she's being destructive to her marriage. And even when there's actually a good person who comes across his path (Amanda Seyfried, Ted 2), you realize that it ends up being used from a contrived and totally useless subplot to advance the story and secure his unrealistic destiny.
|Even Copley smells the bullshit|
Final ThoughtsGringo may look hilarious in the previews, but in reality there is just mean people treating a nice guy like shit, which turns out to be more awkward than anything else. This picture doesn't know whether it is a comedy, or a serious action drama. At times it just feels like a bullying session where nothing is to be learned when all of the dust settles. I just know that I wish I wasn't around to have witnessed it. The only payoff here is when you walk away and get on with your life.
Rating- 1 out of 10
R | 1h 51min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 9 March 2018 (USA)
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.
Director: Nash Edgerton
Writers: Anthony Tambakis (screenplay by), Matthew Stone (screenplay by)
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo