Gringo is a dark-comedy filled with unpleasant situations in sequences designed to render extreme excitement and arousal involving an unhappy protagonist amid bankruptcy in Harold Harry Soyinka, (David Oyelowo), a mid-level operations supervisor for a medical marijuana company whose father taught him that to succeed in America, one must always do the right thing and play by the rules. When Harry learns that by being a law-abiding citizen and loyal husband doesn’t necessarily gain him successes, he turns into a wanted criminal.
Harry finds himself at the leniency of his immoral boss Richard Rusk (Joel Edgerton) who sleeps with Harry’s wife Bonnie (Thandie Newton) while feigning friendship with him around the office. When Bonnie admits her affair, she leaves him, and Harry takes initiative in staging a ridiculous kidnapping of himself while in Mexico after he and his colleagues, an unethical Richard and aggressively seductive Elaine (Charlize Theron) travel south of the border to visit their medical marijuana plant. A local drug kingpin then abducts Harry and it’s up to an ethically inconsistent black ops mercenary, Mitch Rusk (Sharlto Copley) who’s also Richard’s brother, to rescue Harry while having ransom demands of their own.
Meanwhile there’s subplot involving miles (Harry Treadaway) who’s travelling to Mexico to smuggle medical marijuana pills back to the United States. He brings along his girlfriend Sunny (Amanda Seyfried) who is oblivious to the dangerous situation Miles is involved in. Harry is caught amid a ridiculous and convoluted plot involving a drug lord who mistakenly believes Harry is the head of the company and holds the secret formula for the weed pill, the Mitch the black ops mercenary is hired to kidnap Harry, and of course the DEA is involved because they believe Harry is the link in solving their case and pinning the Mexican cartel behind bars.
The points attempted to be made confuse rather than clarify the issues presented in a film with incongruous pacing. The intricate script brought to life by the prominent cast of actors is performed with exertion. The only factor that keeps this film adrift are its performers. If you see Gringo, there’s a chance you’ll be entertained by its wildness. And when it’s all said and done, you might forget the experience.