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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.
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.
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's not bad, it's actually way better then I thought it would be, but there's nothing great or memorable about it.
Entertaining movie about a smooth criminal Mel Gibson in a Mexican prison. I wonder if that's what their prisons are really like! Surprised at how much I liked this
Get the Gringo rutscht nach einem schönen Start leider in vollem Lauf auf der Hälfte der Strecke unvorteilhaft aus und schafft es nicht mehr sich zu nochmal zu fangen. Tatsächlich verkommt der anfänglich interessante Streifen immer mehr zu einer wirr dahingeklatschten Groteske die fehlende Kreativität durch einige dumme Wow-Effekte zu kaschieren versucht. Schade, denn die Grundidee ist wirklich nett.
I'd be down for a mean-ass Gibson picture like this each year in perpetuity. Pretty good!
What makes this one stands out of the mass of modern, generic action flicks is the way it is actually not driven by its action scenes, but plain, nevertheless sympathetic and badass, chain smoking characters and a sweaty, menacing setting that perfectly captures that certain dirty and hostile vibe, giving you the feeling you wouldn't make it there for more than 5 minutes...
Simple story, predictable villains, hearty heros - Sounds mediocre, sort of feels like the good ol' Gibson-Lethal Weapon days though!
I'd put off watching this for a long while because Mel Gibson, quite frankly, is a bigoted piece of shit. Nevertheless, this was a Netflix inspiration and I figured why not. It's a solid flick, decent action with spurts of humour. Not bad overall but not great either, it's one unit of action film that all falls into place. Gibson is definitely a bigoted piece of shit but this role suits him, so I guess he's a charming bigoted piece of shit? You get to the point....in the end, an easy to watch film without any depth.
Get the Gringo was a raw and grungy film with great stuff from Mel Gibson and an interesting environment. The storyline was good and all of the acting was great. This movie had a little everything in it. The action sequences were exciting and they had a Matrix flare to them. The Mexican prison was unique and the politics were as I figured a Mexican prison to be. The movie touched on some dramatic issues that involved the young boy and his mother. This kept the movie from being strictly action and there were moments of comedic relief as well. Overall. A good movie worth watching with some cool twists and scenes.
I went in with zero expectation and went out with a stomach full of happiness.
Felt like an old school action movie -> Would recommend.