A nameless career criminal aka Driver (Mel Gibson) drives
his getaway car through the fence of the Mexican border to get away from the cops only to get thrown in a hard-core community
prison known as "El Puebilto" by corrupt Mexican cops (who take the two million he robbed). He must use his wits to
survive while trying to figure a way out of his situation as he navigates between ruthless drug lords, hired guns who want
him dead, and a US Consulate official who supposedly want to help him. He falls in with a mother and her ten
year old son (who is a liver donor match for a drug lord who is in the same prison) while he figures how to get
the money back.
GET THE GRINGO didn't receive a theatrical
release in the USA (something me Gibson wasn't happy about) and I wish it had even though it is
a predictable jumbled mess. The movie does have some interesting characters and Mel Gibson at his best as
an actor. The action scenes are skillfully directed by Adrian Grunberg (who co-wrote the script
with Mel Gibson and Stacy Perskie). Mel still is a good actor despite all of the bad press he has been getting
in the last few years. The production design is great for realizing this corrupt prison environment where families
can live with the prisoners and some prisoners carry guns in this corrupt facade of a prison.
GET THE GRINGO: A LOOK
INSIDE is a detailed look at how the movie was made that has interviews with Mel Gibson and the other two writers behind the
El Corrido Del Gringo is a music
video for anyone who likes mariachi music, but this song doesn't appeal to me. Additional behind-the-scenes featurettes
are included on the blu-ray.
FINAL ANALYSIS: GET THE GRINGO shows
Mel Gibson back in form as a bad ass criminal despite a jumbled story that still manages to be fun (and yet predictable).
I hope Mel gets back to acting more (beyond the sequel to Machete). If you still like Mel, go check out the
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