Get The Gringo (2012) Movie Review
Released : May 1st, 2012
Reviewed : Nov. 9th, 2012
Genre : Action
Story (from IMDB) :
A career criminal nabbed by Mexican authorities is placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a young boy.
Mel Gibson’s return to making a good film after all the bad press he’s gone through lately. For being a little known film that was mostly straight to TV then DVD this is a really good film that is severely under looked.
The story is nothing that hasn’t been done a thousand times before and using a main character that doesn’t have a name doesn’t draw from the film surprisingly. What the story lacks in originality though the scenery makes up for it. With most of the story taking place inside a Mexican prison which feels more like a tiny city within a prison. The location alone is unique enough to draw you in right away. It’s a environment that is detailed enough where you get to see and experience.
Watching Gibson slowly discover what the prison is like and how it runs is interesting in itself though. You get to see him slowly realize how to survive and keep up while inside. The ideas he comes up with to do such things though are creative though and watching them happen are worth the wait. Gibson pretty much carries the movie and really shows his old gritty acting style that helped gain him fame.
Gibson also has a humorous role where he shows off the smart mouth that for one thing almost ruined his career. He’s a fun character to watch in this movie. The shootouts , chases, and just all action scenes are enjoyable and done very well. You never get the feeling that this is a straight to dvd film since production wise it feels like a big name movie.
Overall it really is a shame that I don’t think more people know about this movie and will end up seeing it as it is a great movie. For what the environment brings for the movie and the overall feel it really is something different and Gibson plays a great role. It is a must see I think. You won’t regret it.