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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…
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.
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.
For the first time since probably Payback (which in some ways this feels like an unofficial sequel) Mel Gibson gets to act like the crazy motherfucker he really is and while the film isn't much to write home about, it's just fun to see him on screen. Mel being Mel.
Titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation in the UK, presumably as the creators realised nobody here uses the word gringo, failing to realise nobody says vacation either. Whatever it’s called, it’s another entry in the aging action star genre (or ‘geriaction’ as Mark Kermode brilliantly puts it). Mel Gibson plays a lifetime crook who ends up in a strange Mexican prison after he gets caught stealing 2 million dollars from a local crime boss. While the plot outline may sound entirely familiar, the prison that Gibson ends up in is anything but, actually running more like a small village community than a jail.
This setting provides a unique twist on the tired prison drama formula, and thankfully manages to…
Hot Take: The beautiful cinematography by Benoit Debie, of Enter the Void and Spring Breakers fame, is the only worthwhile aspect of this otherwise banal affair.
A really great "fish out of water" premise, and it is well executed. Mel Gibson does a credible job here, and I found myself enjoying the film (despite my distaste for Gibson in real life).
Yep, we have Mel Gibson doing what he's good at, which is excessively violent action genre movies. This one's quite unusual and not what I expected, as he spends most of the time in a Mexican prison, but it's fun, it's cool that this action guy is seen planning and thinking through how to get what he wants, with a touch of the conman thrown in. Fun.
Timepass, not horrible.
Personally, Mel Gibson (being the great actor he is) is not someone I give a ton of credit to. -I am biased because I dislike him as a person.
However, his performance in Get the Gringo had me in complete awe the entire time.
Although the cast is not well known, all of them perfected their roles and sunk deep into this well brought-together, guard your life prison-city.
The plot twists never took away from the original story line and structure, actually adding to the tension and pain felt for a man fighting for a boy he believes should have his life spared from being sacrificed to save a drug lords life while in prison.
This movie is one of the FEW I have watched in recent years that really impressed me and quenched my cinematic thirst.
Entretinguda cinta d'acció-presidiaris, amb un inici trepidant (dos pallasos perseguits per la policia per la frontera USA-Mèxic) però que va caient mica en mica en tics més convencionals, especialment en el tram final.
I was coerced into watching this movie but still willing to give it a chance. It wasn't great. Mel Gibson does the voice over thing a lot in this because he obviously was only present in body for big chunks of it. The story and direction was solid but a different leading man could have made it better.
Ignoring the ridiculous title for the American release, Gibson returns to action with a bang!
I have been a fan of Gibson in recent years, if you ignore his personal life, he has been doing some sterling professional work. How I Spent My Summer Vacation is nothing revolutionary, but it gets the job done.
Although some of the gun fights were as convincing as telling us Gibson is sane, it was still amusing and the film held up as an entertaining action/thriller.
Some good action scenes, a very nice car chase to open with, and a great end riot. Well worth 90 minutes of your time.
Pretty fun, like a modern day Payback.
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