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.
Mel Gibson's career path over the last few years has been nothing short of suicidal. Affairs,abuse of pregnant girlfriends,divorce and drunken anti-semitic rants at police officers have left him with few friends and little commercial pull. With a face that now looks like Keef Richards's ball-sack,his days as a heartthrob are well and truly behind him. So where does he go now?
After an attempt at comedy with "The Beaver" he gave us this,a dirty grimy crime flick set inside a Mexican prison. Giving a performance reminiscent of his early cocksure roles as a wisecracking fruitloop, he does give it his all as the "Gringo" in a whole heap of trouble. Corrupt officials,ruthless Mexican gangsters and a little matter of…
México, higado y Clint Eastwood
No doubt a fast paced action film but not your usual one. This is due to the great comedic lined and dry humour from Mel Gibsons character. Much cleverer written than I thought it would be. Good film.
Actually better than I expected.
When I see Mel Gibson as the lead role in a movie it doesn't feel me with excitement but instead disappointment. I was expecting another Gibson nationality destroying massacre but amazingly that wasn't the case.
This film was surprising funny, strangely due to Gibson's monologues and humorous wit. It also never really seemed like a typical over the top action movie....until the last 30 minutes, where I was very mistaken.
Overall not a bad movie.
I'm quite partial to grimy little crime flicks, pulpy violence and crafty crooks who have an occasional streak of goodness in them but even I was less than enthused in seeing Mel Gibson reprise his man on a mission roles of Ransom and Payback (despite the latter actually being a solid example of said grimy crime flick sub genre.) He's noticeably old now and that really works for this kind of character, yet he's also a well known crazy person in reality and an offensive anti-semite to boot which when used to inform his nameless criminal in Get The Gringo both enhances and undermines what is a somewhat successful attempt at pulpy entertainment.
And I was entertained. When Mel Gibson…
Almost feel guilty for liking this movie.
I don't know if his acting is more impressive knowing he's crazy, or less.
Mel Gibson ist eine coole Sau. Doch leider hat mich der außer dem Hauptdarsteller nichts gepackt. Das Setting ist interessant, aber die Geschichte hat mich einfach nicht gepackt.
Man, this is dull
Mel Gibson was very good in this one. Mel's charisma sines in this one. He might be a little looney in every day life but given the right part he can still put out a worry effort.