I often complain about the absence of grit in some movies. I won’t say Get the Gringo has enough to satisfy my hunger for the stuff, but it has moments that get reasonably close. It’s a story about a man in a prison that’s crazy, to say the least. Among the corrupt officials, bullies, brutes, and true criminals, our leading man is supposed to be a hardened experienced criminal type himself. I can’t say that Gibson convinces me anymore. He’s got too much Larry, Curly, and Moe in him, and not enough of my fabled grit.
If it weren’t for Gibson and his style of doing those annoying one liner “comedy” quibs, this movie would have been awesome. As it is he brings down the scenes in which I’m supposed to be convinced that he’s a person who skills, abilities, tricks up his sleeve, but he just doesn’t pull it off.
This prison is more like an enclosed town, a village of ill repute, to say the least. Prostitution, drugs, violence, all mixed with families, young children among the debri of human filth. That makes the story interesting enough to override the mediocre presense of Mr. Mel.
There is a kid and a woman who totally carry the movie. They are compelling and give amazing performances. The set is grungy and gross and everyone is sweaty, so it’s got me convinced I”m watching this all play out in the tropical heat of Mexico.
There are enough unexpected plot spurs to make it an overall entertaining movie. It’s a mixed bag, a lot of blah, some neutral elements, and just a fair few glimmers of excellence. It is what it is and I say it’s worth a watch.
- Get The Gringo: A Look Inside – A short look at the making of the movie, lots of interviews with Mel Gibson and the gang quite a lot of information about how the project got started.
- El Corrido Del Gringo Music Video – The music video for the main tune played throughout the movie.
- On Set: The Car Chase – Get The Gringo opens with an awesome car chase, we get to see how it was done here. I have a question though with today’s technology why do we still have to risk stuntmen’s lives with car stunts?
- On Set: The Showdown – The showdown is one of the movies coolest scenes, using high speed photography to extend a 30 second shootout into a couple of minutes. Here we get to see the thrills and spills close up.
- On Set: The Raid – And finally we get to see how the finale of the movie went down, lots and lots of Mexican extras are used here. And multiple camera including a helicopter.
- DVD & Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
The cover is basically a rip off of Man on Fire’s cover image, so I’m not impressed. I wouldn’t have the image as a poster, it’s just not interesting enough to look at everyday. The menu is just navigation, so combined the package of this movie is one of those less than impressive elements.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Shot using the Red One camera Get The Gringo looks razor sharp on Blu-ray disc. This 1080P/AVC encoded presentation looks amazing during each and every frame of the movie. Get The Gringo has a distinct look to it though with colors pumped up to maximum and blacks given a really high contrast. You will either love or hate the look of the movie I personally loved it.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track really drags you into the beating heart of a Mexican prison. The highlight of the whole movie is the opening car chase which uses panning audio to enhance the movement of the cars. A lot of the movie uses Spanish dialog which is hard coded as subtitles into the movie, you can also switch on full subtitles if need be.
It’s a rental for my movie watching sensibilities.
Overall Score 7/10