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Mel Gibson stars in this action thriller set in a Mexican prison. Driver (Gibson) is a career criminal who crashes his car while trying to escape from the United States Border Patrol in a high-speed car chase over the US-Mexico border. With a trunk full of cash and a bleeding body on his back seat, things aren't looking good for Driver, and he soon finds himself in El Pueblito, Mexico's toughest prison, where life is especially harsh for 'gringos'. However, Driver's bid for survival is unexpectedly aided by his friendship with a 10-year-old boy (Kevin Hernandez).

Starring:
Patrick Bauchau, Scott Cohen
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Patrick Bauchau, Scott Cohen, Stephanie Lemelin, Peter Stormare, Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, Zak Knutson, Dean Norris
Director Adrian Grunberg
Genres Drama
Studio LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages English
Original title Get the Gringo
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 46 minutes
Starring Patrick Bauchau, Scott Cohen, Stephanie Lemelin, Peter Stormare, Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, Zak Knutson, Dean Norris
Director Adrian Grunberg
Genres Drama
Studio LIONS GATE HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 September 2012
Main languages English

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
Mel Gibson is on form as a 'career criminal' in this action movie (a.k.a Get the Gringo) set in a Mexican prison. He's a naughty lad, our lad with no name and no finger prints, and is doing time for stealing over $2 million but the police did thank him for contributing to the police fund. The prison is more like a ghetto with the inmates carrying guns, doing drugs, and there are plenty of women around, and children. But no one can get out. One child, a boy of 9 (or 10), is special. Why? Because he has the same blood type as the King Honcho in the prison and the King Honcho needs a liver transplant.

Our Mel's certainly getting a lived-in look - I think they call it character - but he's still great on screen. This was co-written and produced by him. Actually, I think he is a great director too - see Apocalypto (2006).

The humour in this movie had me cracking up with laughter but if you are a bit, well, prissy, you have to be warned that the language is strong and the violence hard-hitting. The little Mexican boy is magic. Children, don't act like this at home!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 28 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Not to be confused with the rotten 1997 Rom-com of the same name, this is a decent action/adventure movie with Mel Gibson reminding us why he was once the biggest male film star in the world - oozing roguish charm and wild charisma; the supporting cast, including Kevin Hernandez as a semi-feral kid, and Dolores Heredia as the kid's mother are decent too, and the film is a high-octane experience from blistering start to slippery finish.
However, this is a very cynical movie, and there is a lot of dubious morality, with Mel's character finding closure, but at the expense of innocent bystanders who are carelessly sacrificed by his amoral crook - this is of course the nature of the beast in this context, I was just disturbed by the casual killing and general smugness exhibited by a character who is clearly supposed to have the audience on his side. A sign of the times? I don't know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jones the Film on 18 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
This script and storyline is right up Mel Gibson's street. He's perfect for the role as a wily old goat whose experience and cunning helps him cope with the tough rigours of life in a Mexican prison. In fact not just cope, but out manoeuvre the hardest of Hispanic and Gringo crimbos.

Perhaps it all falls together a little too neatly towards the end, but this is nevertheless a a fully engaging story and, in my opinion, one of Gibson's best performances to date.

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 3 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
Basically blacklisted by Hollywood for his reprehensible anti-Semitic utterances, Mel Gibson has decided to continue his movie career without the support of the major film studios (this movie was not released theatrically in the United States). In Get the Gringo, this has resulted in a film with an over the top, not holds barred violence that would almost certainly have been toned down if released by a major studio.

Gibson is an American (his real name is never given in the film) who is captured by the Mexican police when he is fleeing American authorities in a car chase along the border. With two million dollars in the car. He is send to El Pueblito, a prison that seems more like a third world slum market hellhole than a place of incarceration. The prisoners live among their families in slum housing conditions, and there is a big square inside with market stands. Of course not every prisoner is equal - basically the prison is run by the top gangster Javi, the prison warden being an employee of him. While learning who's on top of whom, he makes two friends in the jail, a ten year old boy - to whom he gives a cigarette (the kind of scene unlikely to be released by a major studio) and his mother. He learns the little boy has a very important personal grudge against Javi, which helps him plot his next moves. I'm not going to tell more about the plot, but it involves very violent goings-on, including an over the top Peckimpah-style shootout in the prison plaza.

Some might criticize Gibson for making Mexico looks very bad - though nothing here shows the brutality of the present drug war there - yet the American characters are not very good either (the most likable characters in the film are Mexican, the 10 year old boy and his mother).

For its style and good storytelling (the director is Adrian Grunberg, in his movie debut; Grunberg and Gibson co-wrote), I recommend this - though it is obviously not for everyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2012
Format: DVD
I love a film that's feels not only different but gives the viewer something to cheer for as well as enjoy. That's exactly what I got from this latest Mel Gibson title which to be honest I had a lot of fun with. It's got some great twists, the acting is reasonable and I loved the dodgy anti-hero he played here that really stole the show.

Add to this a solid script backed up with typical Gibson humour purveying throughout and when added to some slick shots, some good editing and a whole host of action really gave me a title that I enjoyed from the beginning opening sequence to the final scene.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Richardson on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
I watched this film with a great deal of anticipation and although it wasn't first rate, it reminded me just how much I'd missed Mel Gibson. In spite of his personal woes, he still has that star quality so lacking in some of today's so-called stars. He has a good range but Mad wise-cracking Mel is always a safe bet. This deserved to be so much bigger than it was and certainly would have been if it weren't for the recent problems Mel Gibson has had. It's easy to kick a man when he's down but let's remember what made him so damn watchable in the first place.

The film itself reminded me of Way of the Gun in its tone, in other words it was quite violent and perhaps because I'm growing older now, this has less appeal than it perhaps used to. Yes, it could have been better and yes, there were echoes of Payback, which was a superior, if equally violent film. It was entertaining though and more than anything it was vintage Gibson. Welcome back, Mel and keep them coming!
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