originally this list had a very specific focus- now it's basically just english-language action cinema post-matrix.
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.
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…
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.
wooow my style
The writing in this film warrants a better title.
It’s a shame Mel Gibson is such a piece of shit in real life because I love him as an actor
Well scripted by Mel but poorly directed by his first AD from Apocalypto. The contrast between nasty violence and cheeky comedy is a little too jarring but it does keep the pace and has the DNA of an 80's actioner.
Pretty damn good film. Slightly loses its way near the finale but picks back up towards the end. Can show that Gibson can be as good as anyone, if people are willing to forgive his previous mistakes. Personally hoping he has a Neeson like renaissance as he is very good at what he does. Very good film to catch if you have nothing to do.
I like to imagine Get the Gringo is the true story of Mel's 'hiatus' from the screen, but then remember he made The Beaver. A fun, solid and wickedly entertaining dark action comedy. This may frequently become overwrought and tonally adrift, but Mel gives us another likeable scumbag whose shenanigans are well-worth seeing.
Kein Meisterwerk, aber immerhin merkt man Gibson an, dass er Bock hatte mal wieder einen Actioner zu machen. So gibt es also etwas Geballer, etwas Story und einen etwas lahmen Mittelteil. Kann man sich mal geben.
Mel Gibson plays with a certain zest an American bank robber who gets trapped in a town-style Mexican prison, where he befriends a boy and his mother, and sets out to recover the stolen money stolen by corrupt Mexican cops. As much as I'm tired of America's obsession with the seedier aspects of Mexico, the film boasts an authentic cast of native Spanish speakers, which is a relief; plus even Gibson has the courage to use some Spanish himself. As a vehicle for the former action star, some may feel a rekindling of what he once was. Well, Gibson is fine, and the film does have its moments of cheeky cleverness, but the lulls outweigh the good bits and the…
I have to say... it was way better than a expected of. Still not a great movie, but a good way to spend some downtime: it was not a waste of time.
All crime flicks listed here: small films, foreign language imports, high-profile flops or victims of unjust critical dismissal. Some were…