Mel Gibson has been spending so much time on TMZ these days, I
wouldn’t be surprised if you thought TMZ stood for The Mel
Zone, but he hasn’t stopped making movies. If you have
DirectTV, you have a chance to check out his latest, Get The Gringo.
you want to is another story.
Gibson plays an unnamed bandit trying to make a getaway with plenty of
cash, when he crosses the border from California into Mexico. The
Mexican cops capture him, take his money, and chuck the guy into a
strange prison that is part shanty town village, and run by a
mysterious crime lord, Javi (Daniel Gimenez Cacho). Of course, he draws
lots of attention from all of those around him, but he finds himself in
more trouble than he can handle when he befriends a young boy (Kevin
Hernandez) who knows who is who, what is what and is protected for
Will the gringo find a way to break out
of this place?
Where did that money come from?
Why is the kid so important?
At this point, you have made up your mind about Gibson, his character
and his personal issues, so no need to further talk ad naseum about all
of that (if you hate him, I suspect you aren't reading this review).
However, Get The Gringo
isn't exactly the movie that will make you forget all of his personal
Trying to capture the spirit and sense of other edgy caper movies like Out
of Sight or Drive
or almost anything from Guy Ritchie or Elmore Leonard, Gibson, who
co-wrote the script with director Adrian Grunberg and Stacy Perskie,
attempts to insert irony, sass and laughs into the movie to make it
into more of a dark comedy than a crime drama. However, the tone of Get
The Gringo switches back and
forth between dark comedy and drama much too often and without any
sense of subtlety. Gibson and Grunberg have failed to pick a direction
and stick with it, which leads to the movie sometimes bordering on
ridiculous, and at other times, crossing that border like Napoleon
Sure, some of the quirkiness will make you laugh, but the movie often
falls into self-parody, while the stuff with the kid drags the film
down. It's supposed to be some sort of moment of redemption for
Gibson's character, but we don't need redemption in a movie like Get
The Gringo. We need dirty,
gritty characters and underworld situations that no honest man should
The Gringo is rated R for strong bloody violence, pervasive language,
some drug use and sexual material.