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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.
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.
y review -- this film is now on DVD and I am going to have to say the statistics are inconclusive because at the box office it made well under $8 million but then again I could not find the budget. I must stress I only watched 35 minutes of this project and I will explain later why, but the storyline is roughly as follows we meet the lead role Driver as he get sent to prison after trying to rob some money as he is in this prison he realizes that there is this society within this prison but to find out more you will have to watch this film. Now because I believe in balancing things out is…
Y'know, it wasn't particularly spectacular. But it was nice to see Mel back at work again, making wise-cracks and slinging bullets. There are definitely some very fun and fashionable actions scenes throughout the movie that make it worth the watch, and the setting, for the most part, is awesome.
Mel Gibson cracking wise and kicking ass... Exactly what I wanted. Nothing spectacular, but entertaining nonetheless.
I like Mel Gibson, so when i heard that the creators of apocalypto and braveheart got their hands on this little project i though "hmmm mel gibsons take on the south of the border lifestyle has to be epic" but as much as i liked the gringo bandido i though the film could of been a little more though out and just a tad bit more violent and darker, but i enjoyed and i rooted for mel from start to finish.
Vintage Mel Gibson action movie.
Really fun, a little cheesy but not in a bad way
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