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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.
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.
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…
OK, so I wouldn't call this art or anything, but it's pretty freaking fun.
I'm sure that the overall score for this film is taking a hit of a full star rating just because Mel Gibson is the star, but let's get past that.
We love movies with a smart criminal who uses his wits instead of his brawn.
We love a redemption story.
We love when a movie successfully creates a world that we are totally unfamiliar with and plunges us into it.
We love sticking it to the man.
and We love happy endings.
The bottom line is that this movie delivers all of those things.
I'll knock it a little on the unrealistic get away at the end and for Mel Gibson slipping into a few common Gibsonisms, but overall this was just plain enjoyable.
Yeah, I know Mel Gibson is an asshole in real life, but I can't help that he can still make one really entertaining film. I love in the movie his character is always a step ahead of all his enemies. I also give give great props to the kid sidekick in this movie.
After Mel Gibson’s breakdown, it was only a matter of time till he would have a comeback. Although not a blockbuster by any means, Get the Gringo is a solid return for Gibson who does his best work since 2002’s We Were Soldiers and Signs. Get the Gringo is a top notch action film with plenty of humor and solid performances. Mel Gibson delivers a strong performance, and Get the Gringo is among his best. The script is solid and the cast at hand all deliver something than enhance the film. The film is entertaining from the moment it starts. Gibson has great chemistry with his co star Kevin Hernandez. Get the Gringo is a raw, stripped down genre film…
It's fun to pretend that Riggs took on a fake name and turned to a life of crime when his wife left him to become a badass news producer. Get the Gringo is Lethal Weapon 4.5 and Nightcrawler is Lethal Weapon: Rogue One.
surprisingly good Mel Gibson movie that no one saw and I only managed to accidentally find on netflix
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Ich mag ja Gefängnisfilme. Und bei solch einem Gefängnis erst recht.
Mel Gibson spielt seine Rolle wie immer perfekt. Die Atmosphäre ist super geworden. Alles passt.
Allerdings gibt es in dem Film, vor allem wenn er das Gefängnis verlässt, einige Flauten. Sowas macht einen Film doch kaputt.
Dennoch ist der FIlm einen Blick wert., denn das authentische Gefängnisleben und die darin befindlichen Insassen sind höchst interessant.
The Mexican prison setting is pretty neat, and though nothing else here is as original or interesting as this offbeat locale, this is still a good bit of fun.
it is a shame Mel went off the rails because this film deserved better box office.
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