On his way the dusty Mexican border with a loot of over $2 million hidden in the boot of his car, a getaway driver ends up in the infamous "El Pueblito" prison. As the only American inmate in the dangerous village of convicts, the driver quickly gets the nickname "The Gringo", and finds out firsthand how rough it is to be a stranger in a world of criminals. To stay alive in this pit where everyone knows about the grand prize, the Gringo will have to form a reluctant pact with an unlikely ally: a streetwise ten-year-old kid with a peculiar immunity in this mad place. Now, with a huge target on his head and knowing that his time is short, will the Gringo manage to save himself, and get the money?Written by
Payback (1999) is also a movie where the character, Porter, played by Gibson has only a one word name. In this movie, Gibson appears in the credits as Driver, and many, such as Harry Knowles of "Ain't it Cool News", have speculated that this movie may be the unauthorized sequel to Payback (1999). See more »
Mel Gibson's character says at the beginning of the film that his mom used to tell him, "F-ck off, loser." However, he later tells the kid that he was first put into prison when he was 14 for assaulting his father for beating his mom. The same mom who apparently didn't like him as a son. 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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