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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.
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…
A wily action-drama that succeeds thanks to its leading man and its south-of-the-border energy, Adrian Grunberg's "Get the Gringo" is an entertaining if small-scale piece of work. Starring Mel Gibson as an American bad guy stuck in a Mexican prison, the film is full violent color and inviting verve.
"Get the Gringo" revolves around a career criminal who literally crashes into the US/Mexican border and finds himself incarcerated in something more like a community than a prison. Setting up allegiances in order to survive and prosper, Gibson's American eventually makes his way to acts of both liberation and vengeance.
Grunberg, wisely, focuses on Gibson's character and the charm that the actor exudes with every word. The character is no stretch…
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.
Mel Gibson back to his best and black action comedy, Proabably one of my favourite movies of 2012, Of course if you like the movie you would also enjoy payback, Lucy Liu is brilliant as the dominatrix !!!
a liver transplant amidst raid, prision looking like racketeering slums, prison like a mini township etc doesn't make any sense. may be they are true in mexico but movie as a whole doesn't make any sense or impact expect cinematography at few scenes.
Very entertaining mix of prison break and "let's outsmart everybody" thriller, that uses many well known cliches right and also dares to come up with a final act, that at the same time feels like out of a different movie, while also makes perfect sense to end the story like this.
Bonus point for the high amount of "that guy" actors in bit parts. (Peter Stormare, Dean Norris, Scott Wolf, Bob Gunton and Patrick Bauchau, to be specific.)
Watched it again on Netflix and still holds up as a solid action crime film. Deserved a theatrical release, but you know what happened to that, sugartits.
Film #6 of Scavenger Hunt #20.
#17: A film from a bargain bin.
Certainly not the most original action film, but Gibson is just having fun in the role, which makes this fly by with ease. The higher frame rate is a little annoying, but at least it's consistent, making it mostly tolerable. The most memorable part of this is probably Gibson doing a kind of terrible Clint Eastwood impression. For a film you can find in JB-HI-FI's $10 and under bin, that's worth the money.
Irredeemably entertaining in a way that no Mel Gibson film made circa 2012 has a right to be.
Mel Gibson's Get the Gringo (aka How I Spent My Summer Vacation) is the best Shane Black film, to have no involvement from Black. It is a Gibson film, he produced and wrote the script, his assistant director was put in charge of the camera for the shoot. The film is funny, lean and mean. It has Shane Black's love of a smart talking kid. While, Gibson one-line delivery is as sharp as it ever was. Smart, aggressive action filmmaking. It may have a little too much heart, but it is absolutely worth seeing. File alongside Blood Father, as post-career wilderness-years entertainments from Gibson. Tremendously enjoyable.
Not a bad little movie. Reminded me of El Mariachi.
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