Gringo 1.0 stars

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Another action/drug comedy that does as much to promote Mexican tourism as our President. Director (and star Joel’s brother) Nash Edgerton (The Square) seems more interested in clogging his dithered narrative with sudden developments (many lifted from other movies) than he is in allowing his thoroughbred cast a little breathing room to grow. It’s through the sheer force of his screen presence and fresh, unpredictable interplay with fellow castmates that David Oyelowo builds a strong case for actor-as-auteur. A scene that calls upon him to play drunk is so effective that by the time it’s over, you’ll feel the theatre spinning. On the opposite end of the casting spectrum is the otherwise reliable Charlize Theron, co-starring agreeably enough as a stereotypically empowered man-eater with a libido stuck in overdrive. Fortunately the script was budgeted for implausibility because without it, the the last half of the picture would go nowhere.

Scott Marks

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes

Rated: R

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