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Get the Gringo
Mel Gibson battles for his life when he’s (justifiably) jailed in a Mexican prison in “Get the Gringo”. You see, Gibson’s character, who goes unnamed in the movie, is something of a career criminal. Although a clever bloke, he’s not quite clever enough not to get caught early in the film and lose all his loots to some crooked cops. Locked away in a prison that looks more like a self-sustaining small city, complete with crime kingpins and business interests, our hero must weave his way through the wacky system in order to get back his ill-got loot. Along the way, he befriends a Mexican boy and his mom. If you can get over your antagonism towards Gibson by way of his personal life, “Get the Gringo” is a clever, amusing film that actually does something new with the “Westerner trapped in a hellish foreign prison” subgenre. In a movie with nothing but bad guys, Mel Gibson’s bad guy is the least bad guy of them all. Get ready to root for the bad guy. Again.