I haven’t posted a Netflix review in a long while, but since I watched a movie on Netflix last night, I thought I would review this one. Last night, I watched this film called, “Get the Gringo”, starring Mel Gibson. It’s a low budget B-Movie type, so it wasn’t shown in that many theaters, wasn’t a very big movie at all. The movie first premiered in Israel and it was shown in 22 other places in other countries. This movie was not shown in the US at all, I don’t think it was. The film was also written by and produced by, Mel Gibson himself, he didn’t direct it though.
The film is about this guy who is a career criminal. He gets arrested for stealing money from a crime boss, and breaking across the Mexican border. Mel Gibson’s character, who is unnamed as “Driver”, is sent to this Mexican prison, but, this is no ordinary prison. It’s a prison that is designed like an actual town. Mel’s character, Driver, tries to survive the prison with the help a young Mexican boy.
I was surprised on how great this movie was. It was surprisingly fun, and enjoyable. It’s a shame that this film wasn’t a worldwide hit. If Mel Gibson directed this film himself, I’m sure it could have been a hit then. I would have to say though, that Mel was a real bad ass in this role. It was a violent and graphic movie, just like most of Mel’s films are. His role in this film is kind of like a crossover of Mad Max and his Lethal Weapon character, mixed into one. I can’t believe that Mel is still doing violent action movies and yet, he wants nothing to do with, “Mad Max: Fury Road”?
If this movie got a US release, it had potential to be a blockbuster. Oh well. Maybe Mel felt like this movie wasn’t made for Americans to see, it was made exclusively for other countries. Despite the problems in Mel Gibson’s personal life, his personal problems is not destroying the talent that he has in film. He continues to bring it in film, no matter the bad karma that gets in his life. He’s a talented actor, writer, and director. I’ve always admired Mel’s work in film. He continues to work in film ’cause that’s what he does. It’s his passion and he can’t get away from it.
Even though this film “Get the Gringo” wasn’t recognized in Hollywood that much, it’s still a really good movie. I would suggest you check it out yourself for you Netflix subscribers out there. Mel is still a great actor, love him or hate him.