Get The Gringo
It’s been a while since I Saw Mel Gibson in anything – at least anything worth mentioning – so it was with some trepidation that I requested a copy of Get The Gringo. Fortunately for me it was a good choice as Mel is back on form in this Mexican prison action spectacular.
The film stars out with Mel in a clown suit racing for the Mexican border with four million dollars in mob money stashed in his car. With the police on his tail his exit from America is less than graceful and Mel quickly gets picked up by the Mexican border cops who on seeing his cash stash, dump him in a large Mexican prison and start living it up with his money.
Prisons in Mexico however are more like mini cities that traditional kiwi prisons, so Mel soon learns the ropes and starts to make a life for himself as he plans his next move. What he doesn’t plan for is building a relationship with a little kid, and of course the kid’s mother.
Get The Gringo – as the title might suggest – is not a serious prison film, Gibsons character is a little over the top, and his approach is easy going with a wise cracking attitude that just works so damn well. The result is a very entertaining, if not very original, film. One that proves that despite his very public private life, Mel’s still got what it takes.
R16 Graphic violence, drug use, offensive language and sexual material.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read