Get the Gringo (2012)
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Mel Gibson finds new life in a Mexican jail after getting caught at the border with $4 million dollars of Mobster money in this production from former first assistant director turned helmer, Adrian Grunberg. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Jul 17, 2012
Twentieth Century Fox
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Almost invigorating in its disreputability; it's both cheesy and striking, corny and bold, dismissible and yet strangely appealing for its singularity.
Those who miss the days of Gibson's hardened movie characters will be in for a treat with Get the Gringo, a genuinely gritty, hard-boiled action-noir tale.
Gibson, for all his offscreen controversy, still has his star-quality charisma, and Grunberg is a worthy protege for the Oscar-winning writer/actor/director.
Get The Gringo is a passable addition to the action genre but it might have been better had the need to keep Gibson's fan base happy not been so pressing.
This is a return to form for [Mel Gibson], playing a hard-edged tough-nut with personality. And it's easily his most charismatic role in over a decade.
Things start off a little too cute with that self-aware, annoying post-Pulp Fiction faux-clever tough-guy winking narration, but it kind of straightens up a bit once the story kicks in.
It could have been too quirky for its own good, [but] as it stands... "Get the Gringo" is surprisingly good, coming out of left field the way it did.
Get the Gringo is a gritty film with some grizzled punch. Gibson himself gives a strong performance as a hardened criminal that still has some heart.
Might not be a Lethal Weapon-style comeback for Mel the Action Star, but it works well enough as a double feature with Gibson's underrated Payback.
Full of violence and blood-spattered gunplay, it's a visually grotty film buoyed mainly by Gibson's never-say-die performance.
Gibson embraces the crazy and turns Get the Gringo into some good ol pulpy fun.
A film that's akin to a Mexican Guy Ritchie flick. The mix of gangsters and gunplay works well and there is a dry sense of humour that runs throughout most of the film's dialogue.
Get the Gringo sees the return of bad ass Mel, the macho-macho man, all gravelly voice, misanthropic sadness and two-steps-ahead conman.
Gibson's character gives a ten year old kid (who becomes a major character, without ever becoming a brat) a cigarette, and the kid lights it up and smokes it. Try getting MGM, Universal, Paramount or Disney to release that.
The lead role didn't necessarily require someone younger but it needed an actor with more flair and charisma.
Whether there's an agenda underpinning the film or not, Gibson is clearly back in his element here, with plenty of wind still in his sails.
Audience Reviews for Get the Gringo
- Driver: Was this a prison or the world's shittiest mall?
- Driver: [to surgeon holding the liver] Put it back.
- Driver: [looking at a watch with a figure of Jesus and the Virgin Mary] Holly Rolex.
- Driver: [inmate to Driver] Shoes PUTO.
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