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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.
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.
A smashing return to form for Gibson doing what he does best. His character bears more than a few shades of Porter from Payback, but that does not matter since Gibsons undeniable charisma really shines through. The script might be derivative but director Grunberg knows how to make it work better than it should. Top marks also goes out to the outlandish prison set where everything happens. Pure genious!
It's too bad that Mel Gibson went crazy because he is a very charismatic/entertaining actor. Wish he could get some more Hollywood roles because Get the Gringo was a very good movie which was carried by his performance.
Get The Gringo is, if you isolate the action elements, a rather boring action film. However, everything around the action is what allows Get The Gringo to overcome the limitations.
First of all, it's set largely in a prison. That is always awesome.
Secondly, the prison is more like a big shanty town. Dunno if anything like it exists in real life, but it does make for a delightful movie setting.
Third, it's ripe with characters.
After hopping the US/Mexico border with his two million dollar payday, a nameless career criminal (Mel Gibson) is stripped of his money by the Mexican police and slipped into the Mexican prison system.
Now, this premise is freakin' ripe for exploration. We get the…
Screw it, I still like this racist asshole.
Gibson really delivers here. His character is the typical tough guy with a good heart, but it totally works in this movie. His charm, one-liners, and action fits within his character. The action is surprisingly good, mostly because Gibson is a small piece in a larger conflict. The beginning of the movie is better than the conclusion, as we watch Gibson enter into the seedy underworld and scheme his way to the top. The plot is very cliche, from corrupt cops , one dimensional villains and even a kid that Gibson befriends. However, this movie is a lot of fun. Fun facts about this movie: Hank Schrader is in it for two seconds. The kid in it is the the crass kid from Short Term 12.
Decent action movie and it's good to see Gibson back in this genre. Gritty and dirty looking with a fair amount of dark humor. Entertaining but don't feel that I need to watch it again.
A movie with Mel Gibson is always a treat for me. Or I must say: was. The recent efforts were not my kind of thing. This one too. Sad.
An overall entertaining action film, with a solid central performance from Mel Gibson, proving that he is still a capable action star.
The setting is interesting, and though I found some aspects of the cinematography grating (an overly digital sheen) from the usually fantastic Benoit Debe, it didn't impact too much on my overall enjoyment of the film.
This is a good bit of trashy genre cinema, worth a watch.
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