I went into this with zero expectations, considering that the film skipped theaters and Mel Gibson hasn't exactly had the greatest track record as of late, but "Get the Gringo" turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Despite a low-budget feel, this is a gritty and unapologetic genre flick that perfectly utilizes Mel's tough guy persona. Now part of me wishes Mel was in the driver's seat for "Mad Max 4."
A smashing return to form for Gibson doing what he does best. His character bears more than a few shades of Porter from Payback, but that does not matter since Gibsons undeniable charisma really shines through. The script might be derivative but director Grunberg knows how to make it work better than it should. Top marks also goes out to the outlandish prison set where everything happens. Pure genious!
Probably Gibson's best film in a while. The fact that it is getting an exclusive VOD run on DirecTV says that the public (a) can't take him seriously and/or has lost a lot of respect for him and (b) his films just don't gross like they use to ("The Beaver" and "Edge of Darkness" upon recent failures).
Classic Gibson gives weight to fallen hero in hell, forages for food and salvation, makes remarkable use of quiet, life of crime and public misdemeanors cannot shake talent. Set aside your beef, enjoy this modern fable, bad guys do come out on sometimes because we all fall and need to get up again. Gibson's character work nowhere better, reminds us he's damn good at what he does and he's as flawed as the rest of us.
Strongly characterised, stylishly shot and even better written than Payback, this movie shows that even though it wasn't he who said it, after having a disturbing phone call with his ex and trying to calm himself down with a hand puppet, it's official that Mel Gibson's never too old for this sh*t.
"Well, boys and girls. To the untrained eye it looks as if crime pays, doesn't it? But bear in mind, for guys with my particular set of karmic could-be's, there was bound to be a bump or two down the road. Ah, what the hell. I'm going to enjoy what's left of the summer.."
Gibson's terrific in this, I really wish the direction was strong enough to support him. Tonally all over the place. The script seems to be going for dark humor ala Shane Black, but the direction plays many of those moments too straight and the film suffers for it. Despite pacing/rhythm issues, it's otherwise enjoyable.
Question: Is M. Gibson a "persona non grata" for some people? Answer: Shit, yes! Q.: Did Gibson produce some terrible "faux pas"? A.: Oh yes, he did. Q.: Does he become a bad actor or bad director, because he behaves like an asshole? A.: No. If S. Peckinpah or C. Bronson would be looking down from heaven they would applaud both Gibson & Gruenberg for "Get the Gringo". Clap your hands. It doesn't hurt to pay tribute.