Year Released: 2011
Main Stars: Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez
Last watched: May 2013
Review Date: May 2013
Number Watches: 1
Format Watched: DVD
“We’ve got two clowns heading south on wall 51”
Mel isn’t always flavour of the month and sometimes his acting is a little on the light side. Don’t let any of that put you off seeing this piece of gold dust. His performance is wonderful, subdued, perfect for the part and only has a single five second moment where he over does it – after not being shot by head hood. It’s like the script is more important than the fact we see Mel Gibson. For me, that’s the point of a good movie.
There’s real settings, real grime, real dust and real people. It’s a Quentin Tarantino movie without the stop scene guitar twang music and the OTT iconic villains. Really liked it.
Direction felt neat and although there might have been a dumbing down of prison life so the ‘gringo’ can actually survive for a while, I didn’t get the feeling we were being led up the whitewashed garden path. The shoot out scene is fabulously bloody without going too far so look out for that.
Kid is great and natural as are all the troop. It’s a great thumbs up from me and even though I wouldn’t give it any awards, I’m keeping it in my collection for the time being and plan to watch a second time. Mel is back and this time he’s playing it straight.
DVD Extras: On set featurettes and an interview or two. Quite interesting as they seem to be non-hype pieces.
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