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Get the Gringo (BLU-RAY)

Get The Gringo

Movie
Studio(s): 
Director(s): 
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Grade:
D-
Running Time: 
96 minutes

GET THE GRINGO: THE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:
“ACADEMY AWARD Winner Mel Gibson* steals the show - and anything else he can get his hands on - in this explosive, nonstop thrill ride packed with equal parts action and attitude! A career criminal (Gibson) pulls off the heist of a lifetime, but his getaway plans go south of the border when a high-speed car chase lands him in a hard-core Mexican prison community known as "El Pueblito." Now, in order to survive, he'll have to fend off corrupt cops, take down ruthless druglords...and team up with a streetwise ten-year-old who has a few secrets of his own!”

That’s the official outline given on the Blu Ray case of the movie, here is my descrition of what the movie is about after that I’ll break down line by line the official description because it made me laugh after I finished watching this movie.

MY DESCRIPTION ON GET THE GRINGO PLOT:

Driver aka Gringo (played by Mel Gibson) gets caught as he attempts to escape from the police chasing him after a robbery. In his get away, the car he’s driving crashed through the Mexican giving custody over to the Mexican police force. Ending up in a prison that’s built like a small town, The Gringo must learn who’s in control so he can get out to claim the money he stole from the corrupted police officers that stole it off him.

LOOKING FOR A PLOT NOT A GRINGO:
“ACADEMY AWARD Winner Mel Gibson* steals the show - and anything else he can get his hands on - in this explosive, nonstop thrill ride packed with equal parts action and attitude!”
Ok, Mel Gibson might be an Academy Award winner but Mel Gibson does not steal the show in this movie. In fact he does nothing in this movie at all that’s of any interest. Throughout the whole movie all Mel Gibson does is walk around giving a voice over narrative of what he’s doing and thinking but it has no real importance to the plot. Listening to him give this narrative of what he was doing became old fast and shortly after it was old it was annoying. Maybe if there were some real information given in this narrative that’s being given it would have had a purpose or maybe been interesting, but since all it seems like it does is gives Mel Gibson a reason to talk I could have figured out myself that nothing was going on by just watching the movie. Who is the one character in the movie that's the interesting one? That would be nobody. All the characters in this movie are only given a small amount of screen time in contrast to Mel Gibson that they never become interesting to watch. And as for the excitement and thrills this movie is supposed to have, there’s none. For a few minutes when the movie starts there’s a car chase that seems to be interesting and gives the movie this adrenaline rush but as soon as it ends minutes later the movie just becomes this stagnate piece of talking.


“A career criminal (Gibson) pulls off the heist of a lifetime, but his getaway plans go south of the border when a high-speed car chase lands him in a hard-core Mexican prison community known as "El Pueblito."”
Wait a minute, the character who is given too many names to pick just one being played by Mel Gibson is a career criminal? If there wasn’t the one brief few seconds of the character being played by Peter Gerety whose character name was never given and I think might have worked for the US Embassy but not sure, says something about fingerprints to Mel Gibson but beyond that I would never guessed he was a career criminal. There’s some money that he had stolen at the beginning of the movie but the act of him stealing the money was never shown only that he was running from the police with it. So how was I to take he was a career criminal from that when him stealing is never shown or referenced?
I kept wondering what was going in this movie because there’s no plot at all. It jumps all over the place from him running from the cops, the Mexican cops being dirty, some prison being more like a small city where it’s controlled by bad guys instead of cops, but who are the bad guys, why are they in control, and how am I supposed to believe that this prison is such a horrible place when nothing happens to Mel Gibson’s character and how am I supposed to believe that Mel Gibson’s character is such a tough guy when he doesn’t do anything?


“Now, in order to survive, he'll have to fend off corrupt cops, take down ruthless druglords...and team up with a streetwise ten-year-old who has a few secrets of his own!”
Really? Not that I saw because he didn’t fend off corrupt cops, they put him in prison and then was gone from the plot until reappearing again near the end for a few minutes making no impact at all in the plot line. When he takes down “ruthless druglods” I don’t know because I didn’t see it. Sure he fights them, even saved a few so he could work out some deal for himself, but it wasn’t the character Mel Gibson was playing that took down the bad guys, he helps, but he’s not the force. As for this kid with the secret, that was such an annoying piece of this puzzle that I didn’t care what his purpose was. Just because this little kid shows up talking about being special don’t make him special and by the time it’s given why he is actually special well it was lame. Not only was it a lame reasoning but also it was barely used in the plot.


This movie jumps all over the place without having any coherent plot line. During the whole movie I kept waiting for some sort of plot line to develop. Was he stealing the money for some big reason or just because he wanted it, why did he pick that guy to steal from, who was that guy, why is that prison left alone by the government, and how am I supposed to enjoy a movie that just goes on and on giving me the baseline story of one plot but not going any further before moving on to another one? Watching Get the Gringo was like watching 3 to 4 different movies starring Mel Gibson but only getting the first 20 minutes of each movie put together before having it end in such a way that it made me want to slap someone for such nonsense.

THE GRINGO ON BLU RAY:
Making this movie worse then it was is the horrible audio levels on it. I’ve had some bad audio levels with Blu Rays but nothing like this. When it started I had to turned down the volume because the chase was so loud, which at first made me think the audio levels were going to be good. But that was dashed when the actual dialog was spoken and I couldn’t hear it, forcing me to turn up the volume. Which quickly turned around biting me because the music and the shooting was so much louder than the dialog. It was so annoying trying to hear what was being said in English while reading fast enough what was being said in Spanish that I nearly gave up on caring what was being said. The one and only decent aspect to this movie was the look of the picture. The colors are sharp, I didn’t see too much of noise in the dark sections, but it’s not nearly enough to make up for such a lame duck of a movie.
 

Lee Roberts
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