Get the Gringo
Starring Mel Gibson and Peter Stormare
Directed by Adrian Grunberg
Rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language, some drug use and sexual material
Available exclusively on DirectTV On Demand
Normally when someone makes a good film, there is always a company that is willing to distribute it. But apparently, no one wants to work with Mel Gibson right now. Written by and starring the infamous Oscar-winning Aussie, Get the Gringo tells the story of an American on the run from the law after having stolen millions of dollars, only to find himself hiding out in a Mexican prison, all the while trying to figure out how to get his money back. While in prison, he befriends a relatively innocent boy whose life is in danger from the criminal that runs the correctional facility.
Were it not for a few stupid comments said while drunk, this movie would have easily gotten a huge opening weekend and would have entertained the world. Frankly, I feel sorry for the man. We all say things we regret and unfortunately for him, no matter of eating crow will help his situation any time soon. When distributers would choose to pass up a chance to make good money just so they are not seen promoting someone’s art – well that’s a kiss of death.
So how’s the film? It’s an entertaining and extremely interesting picture. I’m not sure if Mexican prisons are really this way, but if they are, I can understand why they get such a bad rap. The shanty town portrayed here is as fascinating to watch as Gibson himself. The story is original enough and in spite of the gratuitous violence, it manages to have a heart as well.
I especially liked Mel’s character in this one (and I’m not afraid to admit it). He’s a villain in a sea of villains. So being a bad guy with brains and integrity make him a hero worth cheering for. He almost reminds me of George Clooney in From Dusk to Dawn. Some of the plot turns are a bit cliched, but he’s so much fun to watch that you hardly care.
I also really liked the production although it made me want to take a shower after watching. There was an organic feeling to the film that really puts you right there in the action.
So if you have Direct TV, it’s well-worth the $10.99 asking price for a download. And if you can’t get it now, don’t worry – it will be available soon on DVD and Blu-ray. A-