Gringo

Larceny, fraud, and murder propel this action comedy about a Chicago pharmaceutical exec (David Oyelowo) who learns that he’s about to get axed and takes advantage of a visit to the company’s Mexico plant to fake his own kidnapping for a ransom. This schmo proves inept at crime but quick on his feet, and double crosses proliferate as he tries to elude his greedy bosses (Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron), a reluctant hit man (Sharlto Copley), and a Beatles-loving drug lord (Carlos Corona). The underdeveloped characters serve mostly as pins to be bowled down; director Nash Edgerton, a veteran stuntman turned director, indulges a taste for tongue-in-cheek anarchy with this less-than-memorable foray into Guy Ritchie territory. In English and subtitled Spanish.