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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…
Dang it, I still like this crazy, misogynistic, racist lunatic's movies.
Mel Gibson plays a thief who ends up in a Mexican prison after being relieved of his take from his last job by corrupt cops. The foreign prison where money can buy anything you want is a familiar setting in movies and books, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it portrayed with as much joy as in Get The Gringo—there are heroin stations, professional wrestling matches, cafés, entire families living in its walls. Mel’s life inside is made difficult only through the people who want to know what happened to the money he stole. This is an action movie setup, but it is much lighter in tone (even the two or three torture scenes are…
Very dull. I never for 1 minute felt Gibbos character was ever in any danger. Everything came too easy to him.
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Ich mag ja Gefängnisfilme. Und bei solch einem Gefängnis erst recht.
Mel Gibson spielt seine Rolle wie immer perfekt. Die Atmosphäre ist super geworden. Alles passt.
Allerdings gibt es in dem Film, vor allem wenn er das Gefängnis verlässt, einige Flauten. Sowas macht einen Film doch kaputt.
Dennoch ist der FIlm einen Blick wert., denn das authentische Gefängnisleben und die darin befindlichen Insassen sind höchst interessant.
I can't say he does a poor job, but Mel seems tired, especially in this rather energetic movie. He's also hard to like - not because of his personal life or allegations, but because of the character he plays. He's perceivable as flawed, but never really grows. His morality, arguably, is the same throughout the film, we just gradually learn more about it as the story progresses. He doesn't change, however. He's still a greedy bastard with dialogue that is trying to make him likable, but just shows that his arrogance is accompanied by a level of wit and intelligence. Normally this is enough, but I feel the arrogant side overpowers the wit. The action doesn't really feel tense -…
It's easy to forget that Mel Gibson is an action star behind all the tabloid versions of him. He seems to be channeling and doing an unauthorized sequel to his Porter character in Payback and it's the perfect return to form for him. He's cunning, quiet, and always has a plan. Featuring some great shootouts and a fantastic setting, the film isn't award-winning but it's a role Mel was born to play and reminds you why he was the beloved action star he once was.
This was actually a really fun, thrilling movie. Mel Gibson should make a comeback. He deserves it.
I enjoyed the first half of this film quite a lot. Gibson figuring out his way through this prison/town thing in Mexico was pretty enjoyable. I would have be okay with less inner monolog though. Like he had to explain everything. Just keep things quite for a moment and we will figure it out ourselves.
The kid actor Kevin Hernandez was pretty damn good too.
When things went outside of this prison/town thing I lost some interest though and the film began to show some lengths.
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