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Plot: Apprehended by the Mexican authorities, Driver is sent to a hardcore prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of 'El Pueblito'. Not an easy place for an outsider, unless it's with the help of someone who knows the ropes - a 10-year-old kid. Runtime: 95 mins Release Date: 14 Mar 2012
The Mel Gibson vehicle we've all been waiting for! (by HalloweenShape31)
With Mel Gibson doing himself no favors in the public media over the last six years, GET THE GRINGO is a much-needed reminder of why we loved him so much for the twenty years prior to his scandalous headlines. While it was greatly refreshing to see Gibson on screen again in EDGE OF DARKNESS and THE BEAVER after an overbearing eight year absence, GET THE GRINGO does the best of capturing everything we truly loved about Gibson's performances: charm, wit, humor, edge. The script by Gibson, director Adrian Grunberg and producer Stacey Persky is an original and tight balance of humor, edge, <more>
and danger that can very easily be considered an unofficial sequel to the theatrical cut of Gibson's cult favorite, PAYBACK. While the character of GRINGO's Driver never reveals his actual name, he possesses a lot of the same qualities as PAYBACK's Porter, including a U.S. military tattoo, a chain-smoking habit, sticky fingers, an iron jaw, and a penchant for bloodshed. Grunberg's direction is also solid with an obvious love for Sam Peckinpah paraded throughout. For those of us who endured so many years of understandable negativity towards Gibson for his personal troubles, GET THE GRINGO is the film we've long awaited. It's truly a shame this film won't be seen wide in the U.S. It would've been a better comeback vehicle than EDGE OF DARKNESS was meant to be. GET THE GRINGO practically screams, "Remember me? I'm still here, and I still got it!"But if one thing is certain in the age of home entertainment, it is that every good film gets discovered by an audience. Sooner or later...
Gibson remains the best in his work... (by paulinakonopka)
I watched it, I loved it, it's brilliant! I will watch it again and again and again... I couldn't give a s**t about Mel's personal life and the crazy media surrounding it because quite frankly the man is phenomenal in his WORK, isn't this what we should really care about? and since when does his personal life HURT people in any way? Surely people have said bad things when no one is around, ey? exactly.This was a bad-ass film, I watched it because I was curious and because of Mel Gibson, as I am an all time fan, and I have to say from screenplay to a great storyline to the <more>
fantastic directing to all the actors - main and supporting - and to the film all together, I am happy to have watched it and enjoyed it. Hollywood...this is how it's DONE.Mel, you are legendary. Live long, live strong.
Just finished watching this excellent movie, and I hadn't realized how much I missed Mel Gibs on. Like the man himself, the main character in this film, Driver, is worn and weary, sadder but wiser, and comfortable with the ironies of life. And the world built here, "El Pueblito," based on the actual prison in Tijuana, is real and startling. Portrayal of Mexico is outlandish at the same time it's sympathetic. Not much action, but shoot out scene in middle of movie is worth watching.I understand this movie is getting no theatrical release in the US, and that's a shame. <more>
Just hope word of mouth will get around about this great movie. It's time to rehabilitate Mel Gibson.
Mel Gibson is back with a bang! (by GaneshKSalian)
Get The Gringo How I Spent My Summer Vacation directed by Adrian Grunberg is one of the finest movies to come out in the mid-2012 and one of the best Mel Gibson movies.The movie is scheduled to release on 1st May 2012 in the U.S.A,but luckily in the Middle East it released a few weeks back and I was glad to watch it.Although the movie may be a bit similar to Mel Gibson's Payback,but still Get The Gringo is fresh and entertaining.Story:- A career criminal Mel 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 <more>
Kevin Hernandez .Mel Gibson delivers one of the best performances ever.Get The Gringo is a stylish move with loads of action scenes,dark,gritty,humorous,violent and above all entertaining.The director Adiran Grunberg does an excellent job.All in all,Get The Gringo How I spent my Summer Vacation is a not only a must-watch for Mel Gibson fans but also for those who are not because it is one of the best movies to come out in the mid-2012.I am giving a nine on ten for Get The Gringo.Strongly Recommended!
Refreshing, clever writing, direction and honesty (by gamagoatx6)
Mel is back, and in a big way.Vastly entertaining, it didn't sell out with any heavy-handed social message, politicization, or tokenism, which, unfortunately, has been the cheating, conniving and slippery way that Hollywood has escaped having to put forth much if any cleverness or hard work in its offerings.I think that this was Mel's way of thumbing his nose at "Big Hollywood" in more ways than one and we get the benefit with a terrific, fast-moving and entertaining movie.Maybe not the most important movie in all of history, but easily the best humorous-action movie in <more>
the last 15 or 20 years, at least, since "Midnight Run." Certainly the most honest. For that, it gets 9/10.Some gruesome violence, but no T&A or other sexuality.
My favorite film of the year so far (by estebangonzalez10)
Â¨If I was going to survive in this place it was time to do what I was good at.Â¨ People in Hollywood need to stop boycotting Mel Gibson's movies because Get the Gringo is the best film I've seen this year. Gibson is back doing what he does best: mixing sarcastic comedy with lots of action. Gibson starred in Foster's surprisingly good film The Beaver last year and everyone ignored it, and now this film gets a direct to DVD release. This movie is a lot better than most films playing in the theaters now and I found it to be the best one of 2012 so far so by all means go see this <more>
because you won't be disappointed. Some people are even saying this works as sort of a sequel to Payback, but I think it is actually a lot better. Mel Gibson is at his best once again and never ceases to entertain as he's narrating his experience in a unique prison in Mexico called Â¨El Pueblito.Â¨ Gibson hasn't starred in many films in the last decade since his work in Signs he's only been in three films including this one and he seems to choose his roles carefully because each one has been great. He also co-wrote the film alongside first time director Adrian Grunberg who had previously worked as a first assistant director with Gibson in other movies. Stacy Perskie also co-wrote the screenplay which I happened to find very inventive and funny, I really liked the sarcasm and comedy in this film. Perskie and Grunberg had both worked together as assistants in Man on Fire, a movie I found very similar to this one in many ways.Mel Gibson plays the gringo whose name we never really hear following the same tradition from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and last year's Drive starring Ryan Gosling . The film begins with a car chase between two men dressed up as clowns and police officials who are opening fire on these men. One of the clowns happens to be Mel's character and he has just stole a lot of money from some sort of a mafia king. With no other escape the gringo has to cross the border to Mexico where a couple of police officers are also waiting to make the arrest. Seeing all the money in the car, the Mexican officials don't allow the Americans to enter and so keep the money for themselves and put the gringo in prison. This prison happens to be very unique since it is controlled by an inmate name Javi Daniel Gimenez Cacho . His family, including his brother Caracas Jesus Ochoa helps him run the place. The prison works like a small town where you can buy things at a store or even rent your own room. Prisoners also have their family living with them so you see a lot of kids around the place. The gringo meets a nine year old kid played by Kevin Hernandez, who he befriends. The kid teaches the gringo how the prison works. The kid's mom Dolores Heredia doesn't like Mel's character at first, but after seeing how he cares for her kid she realizes that he's a good person. The gringo realizes that everyone treats the kid well in the prison and will soon discover why. He not only has to learn how to survive in that dangerous prison, but also try to recover the money that he stole, and help the kid get out as well.Get the Gringo is a really entertaining film with good amount of laughs and action sequences. It has some Man on Fire elements and I would even go as far as to saying that it has the classic Tarantino setting. There is one scene where we see a shootout that reminded me a lot of his films. I really enjoyed this movie and thought Mel Gibson was great in it. The kid, Kevin Hernandez was also really good and had great chemistry with Mel. The movie not only works as an action film, but it also has some elements from the buddy comedy genre. This unlikely duo between the kid and Mel is what makes the film stand out even more. We root for Mel's character because even though he's a thief he's better than the rest of the criminals and corrupt officials. This is my favorite film of the year so far and I really wish more people had the opportunity to see it because it is a lot of fun. Please give Mel Gibson a break and let him do what he does best: make movies without judging him for his personal life.http://estebueno10.blogspot.com
It is no secret that the public has lost a lot of respect for Mel Gibson over the years. His hate-filled rants that once scattered the internet like littered candy-wrappers, identifiable aging, and modest releases over the years have proved that he may be wandering around a plain of confusion and uncertainty. It is a shame his new film, Get the Gringo, has gotten such a limited release, playing exclusively on DirecTV before eventually getting a wider VOD and DVD release later this year.This is by no means a great film, but it holds up a lot better than recent action films boasting a huge <more>
actor has the lead Taken is the prime example here and packs in half the amount of incredulity as those as well. The story is concise and well-managed, centering around a nameless man in the credits he's referred to as "Driver" played by Mel Gibson. He is a career criminal, with a vague history, an extensive amount of sarcasm, and a classic form of mystery plagues his character. After being nabbed by the Mexican authorities, he is thrown in a rotten, slimy prison, corrupt and dilapidated, as well as being run by shameless thugs and the occasional prostitute.At first, Driver takes on the prison lifestyle with an iron fist. He becomes fearless, setting a fire in a market so he can steal a drug dealer's money, and even one of the best scenes in the film involves him knocking a man on a toilet unconscious before stealing his money and weaponry. He then learns that in order to move up on the prison ladder, he can't always be committing thievery and pursing the life of a determined rebel. That's where a nine year old watchmen comes in Hernandez . As he assists Driver in teaching him the prison life, it isn't long before both of them become mixed up in a whirlwind of the same corruption ruining the prison today.The cinematography and the overall environment deserves immediate commendable recognition. It makes a seamy place out to be seamy, and doesn't take the route of The Hangover Part II where it transforms a place into something so glum and ugly that it can't be enjoyed. Get the Gringo exists in a dirty, gritty world, and it wants to show it all.Again, Gibson carries the film, much like he did in Jodie Foster's subpar The Beaver. Gibson resorts back to the sort of grittiness that he erected his odyssey of a career on; a man with no history in a dirty, filthy world where the only role you can play to have respect is "the bad cop." He is wonderful here, and manages to inspire a number of intriguing scenes that rarely become too comical or too unrealistic. There are many shoot-outs, but they are sometimes fun to watch. Even the car chase in the beginning is a riot.It's a shame that Get the Gringo gets a sour run theatrically, debuting only one night in Austin, and a very secluded run on a Video on Demand service. This film is fun, non-challenging escapism that pleases because of its simplicity and action. After the mild success of Gibson's Edge of Darkness and the very underwhelming The Beaver, studios believe Mel Gibson is poison to the system. Perhaps, but let me remind you guys something; he made The Passion of the Christ - one of the most controversial and daring religious pictures in history. I believe the guy deserves more respect.Starring: Mel Gibson and Kevin Hernandez. Directed by: Adrian Grunberg.
Payback Mel Mixes it up in Mexico, Muy Bien (by yogi_3333)
Caught this movie at the cinema in Dubai so parts may have been edited . Quite entertaining, Gibson in the Payback-type character mode actually I think it is the same guy , kind of the anti-hero who you nevertheless root for given the corrupt scum around him. The movie is often laugh out loud funny - I know that because I was the only one laughing - but that may be you know, I was probably the only American, some things may have gone too fast for people.The plot is a bit silly, but great characters, some memorable scenes, really unexpected locations and scenery, the production design was <more>
quite extraordinary, well-paced, good action sequences...Overall, pretty good value for 30 dirhams. Basically, if you liked Payback, this is your movie.
Mel Gibson is back in top form as a gimlet-eyed career criminal in freshman director Adrian Grunberg's "Get the Gringo," a gritty, gory, hard-boiled crime thriller set inside a corrupt Mexican prison where anything goes. Good movies don't dawdle, and rarely does this bullet-riddled, shoot'em up about life behind bars telegraph its next move. Any prison where an inmate's family can move in with him while he serves time is pretty unusual. The prison resembles something out of a bloodthirsty Robert Rodriguez actioneer. Men come and go with loaded weapons in plain sight. <more>
You can even shell out bucks for a shot of heroin administered by needle in a grungy shop. Everything in this replica of Tijuana's El Pueblito has a price. "You can buy anything," asserts one character, "except your way out." As an anonymous convict, Gibson provides the kind of voice-over we usually hear in a loquacious Martin Scorsese film. Gibson's sarcastic commentary about the prison with its unusual routines and procedures highlights the surreal nature of the squalid setting.You never really know for certain where things are heading in this violent, amoral, tongue-in-cheek, 95-minute melodrama. "Get the Gringo" opens with Driver Mel Gibson of "Payback" and his mortally wounded partner in clown costumes careening down a highway with the cops in close pursuit. Anybody who has seen Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" might find this opening rather familiar, but the resemblance ends quickly. Desperately, Driver plows his car through the border fence, and Mexican police arrest him. The Texas police try to persuade the Mexicans to remand him into their custody. One glance at two duffel bags bulging with millions in cash prompts the Mexicans to keep Driver on their side of the line. Once Driver lands in the big house, he gets chummy with a 10-year-old kid Kevin Hernandez of "The Sitter" who is plotting to exact revenge on another criminal, Javi Daniel Gimenez Cacho of "Cronos" , who killed his father. The 10-year old's mother and father were incarcerated for selling narcotics. Initially, Driver uses cigarettes to bribe the youngster into silence. You see, the urchin saw Driver rob a fat, slimy heroin dealer after he set a fire to create a distraction.Before long Driver's nemesis, Frank Peter Stormare of "The Million Dollar Hotel" , dispatches professional killers to ferret out the millions that Driver stole. They track down the crooked cops who arrested Driver and start amputating toes to loosen tongues. Meantime, Driver struggles inside the prison to gain Javi's confidence and engineer a deal so he can get out, return to America, and plug Frank. Driver has no respect for anybody but himself, and he abhors Javi with a passion after he learns why the prison kingpin has singled out the 10-year old for preferential treatment. As it turns out, the youth has a liver compatible with Javi's blood type, and Javi needs a fresh liver. Javi hires a surgeon Patrick Bauchau of "A View to a Kill" to harvest the youngster's liver and transplant it into his body. Interestingly, "Get the Gringo" could be compared to the silent Charles Chaplin comedy "The Kid" because an adult sets out to help a less fortunate child. Indeed, aside from the urchin who befriends him, Gibson is as virtuous as Saint Peter compared with the murderous malcontents who populate the prison. The suspense mounts as Driver plans to kill Frank and get back to the prison in time to save the child.At one point, three gunmen stroll into the prison and try to ice Driver. When the gunfire erupts, they hit everybody but Driver. Bodies litter the premises. The Warden Fernando Becerril of "Ravenous" informs Javi that the government plans to shut them down as a consequence of the gunfight. Of course, the whole point to any prison picture is how the hero manages to escape. Happily, Gibson survives with everything intact, while the treacherous villains bite the dust. Grunberg orchestrates several chaotic shoot-outs, and Gibson is by no means a typical convict. When they fingerprint him, Mexican authorities discover that he has burned off his fingerprints. Everybody is out to take advantage of Driver, including some greedy Americans. Nevertheless, agile-minded Driver turns the tables on everybody."Blackout" production designer Bernardo Trujillo has performed miracles with the closed down Veracruz prison where the film was lensed on location. Grunberg and he have managed to recreate a world teeming with the dredges of humanity, a microcosm of Hell, where men degenerate into brutish savages and display no qualms about killing each other. Basically, what you've got is Darwin's survival of the fittest in the worst place on Earth. Nevertheless, this miserable hell hole turns out to be a paradise ripe for the plucking for the cynical Driver. Although Gibson qualifies as the hero, he is very anti-heroic. He makes no apologies about being on the wrong side of the law. He admits that he tried to kill his worthless father and that put him in prison the first time.Initially, "Get the Gringo" was entitled "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." At least the latter title has some irony, but "Get the Gringo" gets to the point quicker and summarizes the action. Director Adrian Grunberg gives a good account of himself. The prison setting looks thoroughly authentic, and Grunberg relies on Mexican music to evoke the culture. Fans of Mel Gibson who haven't seen him in a gripping action thriller since his "Lethal Weapon" days won't feel like they have been shortchanged. Gibson has done nothing like "Get the Gringo," and no Hollywood epic has depicted life behind bars as "Get the Gringo." Life below the border has never been presented so pungently unless you've seen something comparable like Luis BuÃ±uel's 1950 crime movie "The Young and the Damned." Incidentally, although this film showing in theaters in the rest of the world, "Get the Gringo" is available in America only as a video-on-demand through Direct TV.