Director: Adrian Grunberg
Screenwriter: Mel Gibson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare, Bob Gunton, Johnny Yong Bosch, Dean Norris
Running time: 95 minutes
Mel Gibson as Driver, an American criminal who violently crashes his car into the border wall as he tries to outrun the U.S. Border Patrol. Driver survives the crash only to land inside a hard-core Mexican prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of “El Pueblito.” Where he attempts to learn about, then destroy, its criminal hierarchy with the help of a 10 year old kid.
Elevated naturalistic acting from all the lead actors with Mel Gibson leading from the front. Predictable movie but somehow you feel that it’s not really predicting. Awesome movement when he threw back the grenade. Feel like I’m watching Jason Statham instead. Cinematography deserves appreciation. The story line has commercial potential if handled properly. But debut-ant director Adrian Grunberg seems to have lost in between. Screenplay (Mel Gibson) of the movie is smart and direction is fine. Dialogues are casual. Editing is alright. On the whole, Mel Gibson can still make a goddamn entertaining movie with full of action, a pinch of comedy, and plenty of charm that made him the star. Like Mel Gibson in trigger-happy character then GET THE GRINGO.
Survi Review: 3/5
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