One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced ... See full summary »
Jean-Claude Van Damme
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.
I've never known a film to have so many conversations with guns pointed at one another. It also suffers from bad guys with assault rifles can't hit good guys. But good guys with handguns kill bad guys with one shot. But of course suspended belief is something you'll need to do a lot of for this film. Continuity is also a glaring issue in places. The action really is just lots of shootouts in narrow corridors on a submarine but done in very basic, point and shoot closed shots.
But can the plot or screenplay redeem this film instead? Not really. It suffers from double crossings a lot but acted out like a tv soap. It's very tongue in cheek and will have you muttering "Really?"
It's watchable but not engaging. This has nothing of a Lundgren/Van Damme action film of past but more a cheap tv movie about bad CIA operatives wanting to get rich featuring actresses who you'd think got their acting skills from adult movies.
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