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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.
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…
I had never heard of this film until I saw a review for it on this site. Happy I did. Mel Gibson's character is almost the same as the movie Payback which is one of my favorite Gibson movies. He's great at playing characters like this. A guy that has a moral compass that might change depending on how the wind is blowing that day. It's violent, has witty dialogue, has a setup and premise that is original for the genre. Highly enjoyable.
Get The Gringo
Starring: Mel Gibson
I am very very happy to see Mel Gibson back in action! The script was written by Mel Gibson. Adrian Grunberg directed the film, he also worked as a first assistant director with Gibson on Apocalypto. Most of the filming took place at the Ignacio Allende Prison. Superb cinematography work by Benoît Debie.
Gibson is convicted, and sent to a prison full of vicious inmates. Gibson makes his way through to live among them, with help of a 9 year old Mexican boy. It is action-thriller. Mel Gibson's anxiety and delivery of intelligent wit-full dialogues make me feel excited. A brilliant movie, never to be missed!
Entertaining, gritty action picture that predictably runs out of steam as it builds to its ridiculous climax. Fun enough though for what it is.
Yeah, I know Mel Gibson is an asshole in real life, but I can't help that he can still make one really entertaining film. I love in the movie his character is always a step ahead of all his enemies. I also give give great props to the kid sidekick in this movie.
if this was out before mel went nuts people would have been loving this flick. the film a full on cartoon as you get near the end. fun stuff.
Great stuff. Mel Gibson, Mexican prison. Enough for me to be entertained.
Latest Mel Gibson movie directed by Adrian Grunberg is finally bringing back the old good Mel. The story of The Gringo (Mel Gibson), written by Mel Gibson, about a robber who is convicted and sent to a Mexican prison for stealing money from a crime boss, was exceptionally well developed and perfectly paced . Having an opportunity to enter the Mexican prison system is a rare event, and doing it through the eyes of a Gringo is something even rarer, at least for me.
The director Adrian Grunberg, worked previously with Mel Gibson as a first assistant director on Apocalypto. The film's theatrical release began in Israel in March of 2012 before reaching 22 other countries over the next six…
Let's watch a movie with Mel Gibson the crazy anti-Semitic asshole. Who cares? Mel Gibson is still a great actor and I think everybody forgot that, since all they can think about are the racial slurs coming out of his drunk ass mouth. I don't care what Mel Gibson does outside of making movies as long as they are good. Get the Gringo is (not surprisingly) a good movie, I thought he was a little old to play a shoot'em up character but turns out he isn't.
The funniest thing about this film is that it could be an actual police case in Mexico. Not if it's a comedy, but it's pretty funny, by the irony of seeing the real life of a Mexican jail. It might seem 'exaggerated' living in a city within prison and living in those conditions, but it is reality. I guess it's what he deserves that kind of people for their life of crime.
Well, very good movie. Entertaining, funny and full of political content that perhaps in other countries do not understand or go unnoticed.
6/10: Pretty good. The plot is a bit silly, but filled with great characters, memorable scenes, unexpected locations, well-paced, and good action sequences.
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