REVIEW: GET THE GRINGO
SYNOPSIS: During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver (Mel Gibson) violently crashes his car into the border wall as he tries to outrun them. Driver survives the crash only to land inside a hard-core Mexican prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of "El Pueblito." He finds unlikely guidance from a 10-year-old kid who shows him the ropes.
GET THE GRINGO will be available on DIRECTV on May 1 for the premium price of $9.99 in HD and be followed by the film's wide release on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download later this year.
FILM REVIEW: Action-Junkies get ready. This is one for the action enthusiast. It is Mel Gibson in his truest form. It is gritty, cheesy, funny and most of all full of action. The south-of-the-border Mexican backdrop adds to the grittiness and grunginess of the film. So much so, that the location eventually takes away from the flick. Debuting director Adrian Grunberg subjects the viewer to overkill, not so much in the blood and gore as would be expected, but more so in the location of the prison scenes, in “El Pueblito.” The scenery inside the prison environment is unlike anything you’ve probably seen in recent movies. It is very much reminiscent of market scenes found throughout many of the economically depressed countries around the world. I found the prison scenes to be very hectic, unconvincing, and over the top. Unfortunately the majority of the movie seems to take place within the prison walls and as a viewer, I had to keep reminding myself that the characters were actually in prison and not in some lawless town in Central or South America.
Gibson is supported by a young (ten year old) Kevin Hernandez, whose character exudes all of the characteristics that would be expected of the youngster exposed to tough prison life, on an extreme level. The relationship between the Gringo (Mel’s character) and Hernandez’s character seems a little far fetched and at times not very believable. I would have found their relationship a little more credible if they were not both in the prison environment, and just simply following the same cause.
In the ninety-five minutes the movie worked to some extent because we got some what a classic Mel Gibson cops and robbers’ story, full of action, and a little romance to spice things up. I particularly found the action scenes very exhilarating and funny, though a couple of the ‘CG’ scenes were not very convincing. The romance was a little dry on the outset; however, it did fit in to the story quite well.
Overall, Get the Gringo was enjoyable and deserves three and a half stars, despite its shortfall on substance and creativity. For those non-action movie fanatics, Get the Gringo is a good choice for VOD.
By Movie-Man Stan
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Director: Adrian Grunberg
Writer: Mel Gibson, Adrian Grunberg
Genre: Action, Drama
Duration: 1hr 35mins
Staring: Mel Gibson
Producer Bruce Davey
Rating: R for strong bloody violence,
pervasive language, some drug use
and sexual material
Release Date: May 1, 2012
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