Movie Review: Get the Gringo (2012)

During a high-speed car chase with the US Border Patrol and a bleeding body in his back seat, Driver violently crashes his car into the border wall as he tries to outrun them. Driver survives the crash only to land inside a hard-core Mexican prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” He finds unlikely guidance from a 10-year-old kid who shows him the ropes.  Release Date: March 15th, 2012

Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez , Dolores Heredia and Daniel Giménez

My Review:

This movie in one word was, bizarre.  I can honestly say I’ve never seen a movie like this before.  The beginning is like a typical criminal vs cop car chase.  Dean Norris, who is Hank on Breaking Bad has a short part in this movie, playing one of the American police officers chasing Mel Gibson as he is trying to make his getaway.  He gets caught on Mexican soil with 2 million dollars.  The Mexican police quickly take him into custody once they see all the money in the backseat.  So far, pretty good movie. Then…it gets weird.  He is taken to a prison that they call “El Pueblito”.  This prison isn’t like any prison I’ve ever seen or heard of before.  People have guns, drugs, money, they can buy food and drink beer.  There are women and children running around because apparently you can pay to have your family stay with you while you’re in jail….weird.  They even have little shops through out the prison to get tattoos, haircuts,  and even a taco stand.  It’s all open space and looks and feels more like a market than a jail.  Mel Gibson quickly meets a kid, who’s name is never mentioned, he is just called kid.  Him and his mother are living there because she was sentenced with her husband for drug trafficking.  The husband was killed a few years ago so the two of them are just trying to survive the prison life when they meet Mel Gibson.  After Mel witnesses the “kid” being saved by one of the guards from getting beat up, he starts to wonder why this kid is being protected.  The kid keeps saying he is special and different than the all the other children in the prison.  You’ll have to watch it to find out why but the kids reason is what the rest of the movie is revolved around.  There’s a lot of pretty graphic gun fire and surprisingly no romance.  I would have say that this movie is pretty good but not as good as it could have been.   I honestly don’t think I’ll ever watch it again unless it’s on tv but it was a good enough to watch to pass the time.

My Rating: B-

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