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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.
It's a Mel Gibson movie, if you are into that kind of movies this one may be joyable to you. Interesting story though, and quite spectacular action.
Get the Gringo is not the most plausible prison movie you could ever imagine but it’s undeniably fun and there’s such a contagious amount of energy and cool action in it that not surrendering to its charm was utterly impossible. Mel Gibson demonstrated here that well into his 50s he’s still an actor capable of pulling off a tough action role and carrying the entire weight of a film on his shoulders in a way that few others can. He played the Gringo which is referred to in the title and he made of that character a sort of hero or maybe anti-hero I rooted for throughout.
The plot was a bit convoluted but looking at the whole frame, somehow…
Some surprisingly decent touches here, small details and clever shots that have a humanity and playfulness. Gibson's performance is all over the place, funny, bad, impressive, unexpected, in general feeling genuinely unhinged. It doesn't add up to much, but it was definitely better than I was expecting out of such a thing.
Get The Gringo (or How I Spent My Summer Vacation) is one hugely enjoyable action thriller featuring Mel Gibson as a resourceful criminal who is captured and thrown into a ghetto-like Mexican prison. It may feel urgently like a would-be Gibson comeback flick but the star carries surplus charisma to keep you rooting for him through-out - something a lot of recent actioners have been missing.
In which... I was pleasantly surprised to find this was more than watchable and Gibson continues his return to anti-hero and villian roles (obviously more fittingly these days).
In researching Get the Gringo, I found that the original title was How I Spent My Summer Vacation, which is much catchier and in fact, the dumb name of Get the Gringo is one of the things that turned me off to this film for so long. I understand that Mel Gibson probably burned some bridges when he had his meltdowns and not everyone is as big a fan of his nowadays, but if his mistakes mean we'll get more actioners like this, I'm all for it. Why? Because Payback is awesome and this is right in line with that.
What makes Get the Gringo so cool is that it doesn't fall back on the standard tropes of the action…
Can Mel Gibson get more movie roles please?
One of the most fun action movies in recent memory.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this movie, but it was an exciting action/thriller that caught me completely by surprise. Mel Gibson proves that he still has the chops for an action role while delivering the comedic goods. This is a great dark comedy mixed with the right amounts of action. So grab a six pack of Modelos, sit back and enjoy.
Aptly titled How I Spent My Summer Vacation over here in the UK, Get The Gringo is one of Mel Gibson's more recent action movies.
Gibson has had his bad press over the years but that doesn't stop him from being a more than watchable action movie star.
Don't expect a Lethal Weapon or Mad Max style performance, just enjoy the ride!
And look out for a particular highlight involving a grenade and Gibson in midair. You won't wanna miss it.
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