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Get the Gringo
The odds are against him. So is everyone else.
A career criminal (Gibson) nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy.
After Mel Gibson’s much publicised problems it is nice to see him return to the types of films that made him famous in the first place. Get the Gringo is a very old fashioned action movie full of wisecracks, black humour and bloody action. Whilst it does little new it is at least set in an original location - a Mexican prison that is more like a mini town with numerous shops, children and guns dotted around the complex.
Not only does Gibson look like he is having fun but it is pleasing to see he can still hack it as an action star. However, unlike some of his contemporaries he at least acts his age here as he uses…
Get the Gringo AKA How I spent my Summer Vacation was a comeback film for Mel Gibson. It was also written and produced by Mel which is probably why his character is so cool and witty. A bit of an ego massage.
Anyway, Mel plays a character escaping from the police in a car chase as he races towards the Mexican border. He has a bag full of money in the car with him, seemingly the result of some kind of robbery. He manages to crash through the border to be pounced upon by the Mexican police on the other side. A couple of the corrupt police officers take the money for themselves and have Mel thrown into an open…
This shows Gibson really still has got what it takes to make a film work. The outline of the plot here isn't very original, but what's in it is refreshingly different to entertain its audiences for its running time.
I'm not sure what the Mexican tourist board would make of this film, but I was more than willing to grant it just a snippet of suspension of disbelief and allow myself to be entertained by a story that is told with perfect pacing. It strikes a fine balance in exposition and action. Not so in tone, however. It switches between light and serious clumsily, thus distancing me from caring about the characters.
Still, Gibson is in top form here. He is charming and has enough energy to pull off some wonderful action sequences. What remains is a well made and very entertaining action film that is certainly worthy of your attention.
Crime pays. Lesson learned.
A prison sentence that turns out to be a fun-filled summer vacation packed to the brim with blood, bullets, mistaken identities, and a whole heaping fuckton of cigarettes.
Interesting cinematography, and the movie moves from personal to local to national with all the grease of a bacon bath.
This is confusing, this is snappily titled, "How I spent my Summer Vacation" in the UK. Though we do know what a Gringo is, so who knows why they changed it.
I really liked this. I reckon Mel must've been watching some Korean films as this totally feels like one. Ridiculous brutal violence, incompetent police, melodrama, comedy and tonally shifting all over the shop.
Gibson decent, the kid really good. The prison setting, absolutely insane. Had a blast with this, but I can predict this getting a lot of hate.
If this was Korean, it would be picking up 4 stars across the board.
It seems like I've given a hell of a lot of films 3 and a half stars lately!
There's a lot wrong with Get The Gringo (a much better title than the stupidly non-committal How I Spent My Summer Vacation) but there's a lot more that's right with it. The main thing that's right with it is Mel Gibson, and as someone whose formative years were littered with repeated watches of the first three Lethal Weapon films, this was a particular delight to me.
In-between being racist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic and just generally a very naughty boy in the last few years, Gibson stuck this film out a couple of years ago more or less under the radar. The result…
Time-pass action flick. All set in a Mexican prison, this plot revolves around Mel Gibson, a guy who has robbed from some Americans and now has breached into the Mexican border and gets his ass thrown in a jail.
Thus starts a funny, wicked chase by the Americans trying to get their money back. The police, the corruption within borders, the kingpin in the jail and the jail itself makes this movie is fun ride.
Special mention should be made to the jail in this movie. A small reminiscence of Prison Break S3 prison.
Familiar story, with the token plot points and a precocious child sidekick (oh, that terrible mistake) that touches the jaded lead. Too big a waste of time to stick it out to the end
"Get the Gringo" is an unapologetic movie, dealing with the lowest of criminals, which is where Mel Gibson seems to fit in. It has a feel of "Payback" only this time Mel is in a dirty Mexican prison where the inmates have as much power as the guards. The action is insane and I guess it is never bad to know how much a kidney is worth on the black market these days.
Curiosa película de acción hecha a medida para Mel Gibson, escrita, producida y protagonizada por el.
O sea que a estas alturas ya tendremos una pequeña idea de lo que vamos a ver.
Al no dirigirla y si protagonizarla ya sabremos que no será tan bestia y salvaje como otras, y estará rodada en ingles. Pero tranquilos que el desfase con este hombre esta asegurado. Prota anti-Holliwood, tiros, asesinatos y demás.
¡¡Viva Mel Gibson!!.
Mel proves once again why he's a star. His charismatic lead turn here helps to elevate an enjoyable crime comedy that also doesn't hold back during some harsh moments of violence.
Man nehme viel Rodriguez, gebe etwas Tarantino und Ritchie dazu und verfeinere zum Abschluss mit einem Tropfen Märchen. Mel Gibson spielt einen unsympathischen und egoistischen Fiesling, eine Mischung aus "Cleverle" und "Arsch", der nach einem Banküberfall in dem mexikanischen Gefängnis "El Pueblito" landet, einem Gefängnis, das wie ein übervölkertes Dorf wirkt, in dem die Häftlinge nach ihren eigenen Regeln zu leben scheinen. Dort trifft er einen zehnjährigen Jungen und seine schöne Mutter und wird zu deren Beschützer.
Stellenweise gut, stellenweise albern. Am Ende leider nur noch albern und etwas geschmacklos. Ich dachte erst, der Film würde sich zu einem sozialkritischen Märchen entwickeln, in dem sich der alte Eisenarsch Mel Gibson und der zehnjährige Junge gegenseitig zu besseren Menschen erziehen. Es kam leider anders.
Mel Gibson's great. Rest of the movie is meh.
Film 298 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
A fun piece of 80's/90's throwback action. Not very PC, but Mel Gibson was a lot of fun and I appreciate it didn't take itself too seriously.
The slow motion action scene towards the end was awesome and so completely over the top that it has to be seen to be believed.
I hope Gibson does more stuff like this in the future that feels more like his Lethal Weapon style of acting.
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