Review: Get the Gringo

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Much like Tom Cruise’s famed couch dance some things can bruise an acting career permanently. Mel Gibson has done his best to fight through the intense scrutiny by the press over his troubled personal life and somehow managed to survive. Now Mel returns to his comfort zone giving the action genre another shot. Will Get the Gringo be Mel’s redemption or the final nail in his professional coffin?

Just chillin'

Get the Gringo follows The Driver (Mel), a career criminal who has recently acquired a very large sum of money. Fourteen million dollars to be exact. The problem is he has also acquired the attention of the police in both Mexico and the United States. As he gets to the border he makes a snap decision and tries to drive off into the Mexican sunset. Unfortunately, the escape doesn’t really go to plan and he ends up in a Mexican jail. With his money gone, no way out and everyone on both sides of the border out for revenge, The Driver must find a way to to make things right and escape this crazy two-bit town.

Strangely, this film actually works really well as a vehicle for Mel’s return. The Driver is not a good person, but in this world they  his character somehow manages to seem like the hero. The prison is more like a slum where patrons can get anything they want as long as they have the cash, with violence and crime rampant everywhere. The Driver works quickly to ascertain who he needs to get free and with the help of a nine year old boy who lives in the prison he begins to formulate a brutal plan to escape past the reach of his powerful pursuers.

The whole thing moves at a blistering pace, with no time wasted on set up or emotion. At its core it feels like a heist movie – smart, funny and tense. The lack of any morally good characters means that The Driver wins you over by just having more brains and charisma than any particular emotional connection.

The cast and environment are perfect and with Mel narrating you get a good feel for the way his mind works. The action and gun-play are solid balanced out by a surprising amount of laughs both at and with Mel’s character. The film is out of its mind, but it works and though there is a some moments where Mel’s craziness seems to transcend acting, as a whole his performance is quite memorable. Tight, to the point and fun Get the Gringo shows Mel still has some fuel left in the tank. Not one for the kiddies it is a barrel of fun and well worth your money.

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