My wife asked me to make this list. It'll take awhile but here goes.
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.
A wily action-drama that succeeds thanks to its leading man and its south-of-the-border energy, Adrian Grunberg's "Get the Gringo" is an entertaining if small-scale piece of work. Starring Mel Gibson as an American bad guy stuck in a Mexican prison, the film is full violent color and inviting verve.
"Get the Gringo" revolves around a career criminal who literally crashes into the US/Mexican border and finds himself incarcerated in something more like a community than a prison. Setting up allegiances in order to survive and prosper, Gibson's American eventually makes his way to acts of both liberation and vengeance.
Grunberg, wisely, focuses on Gibson's character and the charm that the actor exudes with every word. The character is no stretch…
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…
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.
Solid film. I'm way into finding out more about El Pueblito.
Cooles Action-Comeback für MEL GIBSON. Das Setting mit der Gefängnisstadt ist zwar wenig glaubwürdig aber sehr unterhaltsam.
Hollywood is full of asshats. Unfortunately for Gibson we found out what was under his hat. He's not perfect nor is he an idol. But when it comes to moviemaking he is one of the best. We've only had I think six movies from him since 2005 and I'm ready for a comeback. Get The Gringo is a great example of what we've been missing these past few years. I've heard good things about Blood Father. Even if that just turns out to be a "B+ Action Flick" as they call it, I hope that and Hacksaw Ridge are enough to get Gibson back in the mainstream.
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Get the Gringo
Since Blood Father is in an insanely limited release and not on VOD yet I decided to check out a somewhat resent Mel Gibson film that I have not seen yet.
This film is very much an ok film at best but is elevated by Gibson's performance, he is simply great as he tends to be bringing his trademark humor and charisma. This is a very violent film but has many pacing issues as it kind of lags between big moments but again when Gibson is on screen it's hard not to be entertained. Worth a watch for hardcore Mel Gibson fans if there are any left.
We all know Mel Gibson from Braveheart,The Patriot, and Mad Max but this film is quickly overlooked as another run-of-the-mill action and adventure film. It isn't.
Get the Gringo is a gritty tale that takes place in a Mexican prison due to the main character (Gibson) being arrested by corrupt officers after stealing from a mob boss. Gibson then finds out what life is like in "El Pueblito" as it is ran more like a small city than a prison, with rich people, poor people, families, rooms for rent, and plenty of beer and cigarettes.
Throughout the film, the Gringo himself befriends a kid and plots his badass escape.
Get the Gringo is very much a pulpy crime thriller that appears to be the spiritual sequel to Payback. I'm assuming that Gibson tried to get the rights to the Donald E. Westlake novels but with Parker coming out in the next year he was unable to do an official follow up to Payback and decided to hell with it and made the film anyways. Gibson co wrote the script and financed the film himself and it's clear that he enjoyed the hell out of it.
The film has all the trademarks of Gibson at his finest, there's plenty of violence, dark humour, a central character who doesn't care if he lives or dies and Mel just having…
Get the Gringo feels generic in its plotting and use of violence, but it's well directed and has a great setting. The use of a corrupt Mexican prison makes me wish they had taken more of an artistic stand; the film is always one step away from political satire. As it stands, the movie exists in a sort of limbo that feels like a missed opportunity.
Still enjoyable despite unbelievable set-up greenlit for an upgrade of a TV episode. Gibson wrote some existential lines here and there, using the punches for some of his personal quests. But right up my alley. B+
Mel Gibson took a break from yelling at his wives and hating groups of humans to scribble a screenplay and this is what came out. It's like fletch meets the rock meets desperado, only with none of the good aspects of those movies and all the shit. I give it one star for scenery.. I liked the concept of the currupt Mexican prison, cartoonish as it might have turned out, still a fun place. Plus there's lucha libre night.
All crime flicks listed here: small films, foreign language imports, high-profile flops or victims of unjust critical dismissal. Some were…