After all the Mel Gibson’s fuck ups, I think that this is something that he has done right. In case you have been living under a rock (why do people say that?) Mel was banned from all major productions after a series of incidents that portrayed him as racist, sexist and all the other -ist that you can think of. The man who created The Passion of the Christ was considered more evil than the Devil himself. With ruined reputation, no money, no life and no Azamat, Mel’s last movie The Beaver added even more weird feelings to this whole thing with him befriending and talking to a beaver hand-puppet. After this movie all hell broke loose, and it seemed that his career was over. There was only one last thing that he could do… A last chance… If he accepted all the hate that was channeled towards him and said fuck you, if you don’t like me fuck off, he would be real life bad ass R- Rated action hero (or so it would seem). This sort of re-branding was the only logical thing that he could do, and Get The Gringo is the beginning of a new bad ass Mel Gibson.

Now that we got that out of the way, we can proceed to the actual movie. It had everything that an R rated, full-blooded prison thriller should have except nudity, but as this is just the beginning I will let it slide this time. Good script with some sort of neo-Mexico-USA- noir vibe going on provided enough of a character for Mel to immerse in. The lack of money was barely visible, although Get The Gringo would certainly benefit from better cameras and editing. The end product is not perfect but it is definitely watchable, especially with a great supporting cast, so if you are wondering whether or not you should see this I think that now the choice is obvious…

We do not know his name, we do not know what he has done, all we know is that he is trying to escape American authorities in a jeep with two million dollars that he and his dying partner just stole. After the car chase ends in Mexico, our unnamed hero (we’ll call him Driver) is transported to a local prison that looks like anything else but the prison. Drugs, prostitution, fights and every other vice that you can think of is perfectly legal in this enclosed city, that has only one rule: No one gets out. Very versatile and resourceful, driver slowly gets the hang of the place and soon befriends a fellow inmate, a nine-year-old boy and his mother (not too shabby lookin’) and starts to plan his escape. With no one knowing his name, or the proper owner of those two million dollars he uses these pieces of information to create chaos and confusion, but will this be enough?

Director: Adrian Grunberg

Cast: Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Dean Norris, Bob Gunto, Dolores Heredia, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Fun Facts: First Mel Gibsons movie after the exile from Hollywood

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1567609/ 

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