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Heading toward the Mexican border, a getaway driver disguised as a clown and his wounded accomplice try to escape the American Police with a loot of over $2 million hidden in the trunk of the car. In a desperate attempt to break through the thick border fence, the driver crashes the car, the accomplice dies and he inevitably gets apprehended by Mexican Police officers Romero and Vasquez who want the money just for themselves. As the only American inmate in the infamous "El Pueblito" Mexican prison, which resembles more of a small village of convicts rather than a usual prison, the driver quickly gets the nickname "The Gringo" and finds out first hand how rough it is to be a stranger in the perilous world of Javi, the ruthless crime lord who runs the prison. Sooner or later, the Gringo will form an alliance with a 10-year-old kid whose peculiar immunity in this mad place will efficiently keep him alive, only to realise that in this pit, everyone knows about the $2 million. In the end, ... Written by
After Driver (Gibson) is released from El Pueblito by Javi, in order to kill Frank, he is tailed by two hitmen on the way to San Diego. Hitman number one (Mark) is played by William Gibson, Mel's son. Hitman number two (Jesse) is played by Owen Dunne, Mel's nephew. See more »
When Mel Gibson's character is driving the VW into the Port Mart parking lot driver's side shot reveals driver is wearing glasses yet Mel never wore any. See more »
I need a doctor!
I'll get you a vet, you son of a bitch! You should'a shot him first!
We've got two clowns heading south on Wall 51, four miles from the border.
And stop bleeding on my money!
All units be advised, suspects are armed and dangerous.
[Clown vomiting blood]
What the fuck?
Well, hello boys and girls. there's nothing worse than a sad clown. Unless it's a clown bleeding internally and coughing it all over your money.
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Fast moving, well paced and well constructed story, with excellent characterisation and some humorous moments to leaven the dark plot.
Mel Gibson does a really fine job in the lead role, and is utterly believable as a tough, clever crook who's hard heart is moved by the plight of a mother and child threatened by powerful foes. Really great too to see the female lead played by someone who looks like a normal person (rather than some ridiculous super-model). It helps the female viewer empathise with the character so much more.
The film is quite violent, though - be prepared. I spent part of the film with my hand over my eyes, but my bloodthirsty partner loved it.
Definitely worth paying to see this at the cinema - you won't be disappointed.
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