My review of the latest Mel Gibson vehicle, Get the Gringo, is up at SBS Film online. Since this action movie , set mostly in a sprawling, open-air Mexican jail named El Pueblito, was released direct to DVD in the US (it screens in cinemas in Australia), you could be forgiven for assuming it's a turkey. Yet...
"...with its tough-guy ‘funny’ dialogue and over-dependence on slow motion, much of the film is clichéd, but in El Pueblito it has one major element that makes it fascinatingly unique. (Adrian) Grunberg’s skill as a director in moving through space and filling the frame with detail and tension quickly emerges – there’s hardly a single shot that isn’t dynamically realised. (The film is clearly aided by detailed production design and the budget to realise it.)
"This, added to Gibson’s hangdog presence (the lines etched in his face adding undeniable character) and the authentic performances of (Kevin) Hernandez as the kid and Dolores Heredia, who plays his mother, give the film a considerable kick."
Full review at SBS here.