Get The Gringo brings Mel Gibson back to what he does best, rough action mixed with an endless amount of wit.
Director Adrian Grundberg, a frequent collaborator of Gibson's, is in his first directing roll and also helped write the film along with Stacy Perskie and Gibson himself.
So how did this first time director do?
Pretty damn good if you ask me.
Get The Gringo is fast paced and an all round pleasure to watch. To put it simply: it's just plain old fun, although if you are a bit queasy when it comes to violence then maybe this isn't the film for you.
The film starts with Driver (Gibson) speeding down the highway on the US side of the Mexican/US border being chased by police. I don't want to give too much away but in a spectacular opening he ends up on the Mexican side of the border and is arrested by corrupt Federales. From there he is transported to a Mexican prison know as 'El Pueblito'. This is where the majority of the film is placed and apart from being an amazing set, it really gives you an insight into how different the Mexican penal system is. Co-starring in this film are Kevin Hernandez as Kid, Dolores Heredia as Kid's Mum and Daniel Giménez Cacho as Javi. There is also a cameo from Dean Norris, who stars in TVs Breaking Bad!
Gibson narrates pretty much the entire film as Driver and this helps give a bit of a background to his character but also tightens the film and provides segues to the next scene.
Some of the effects throughout the film were sub par and there were parts of it where I was saying to myself "As if he'd get away with that", but these moments didn't stop me from enjoying the ride.
This film is filled with shootouts, punch-ups, car chases and great dialogue. While not totally believable, it is a fun ride and I highly recommend it if you are a fan of Gibson and his earlier films or even if you're not!
Mel Gibson's latest jaunt below the border definitely deserved more than it in fact received. The film presents similar to hearing Porter narrate in 99s Payback. Gibson provides a witty insight into his life of crime. The movie starts with Gibson speeding kff being pursued towards the border he crosses and is picked up tossed in jail to fend for himself. One after another he meets shady out for themselves characters and sets them up like dominoes to fall when the final curtain goes and plot ends. Overall more than satisfactory for Gibson's last few films, worth seeing and a good throwback to a generation of movie lost and so few are there to remind us of what movies were.mThe film should have been theater released but was straight to on demand/bluray.