After his recent history of tawdry personal troubles and terrible publicity, Mel Gibson's movie career is at its lowest ebb.
So with the gritty and aggressively sordid action film “Get the Gringo,” the Oscar-winning actor appears to be returning to his grungy “Mad Max” roots.
Gibson's off-screen troubles have dominated his press in recent years — after a high ride on his popular “Lethal Weapon” franchise, his Academy Award-winning “Braveheart” and his controversial “The Passion of the Christ.” He made a halting effort at getting back to what he does best on screen — tough, stark action material — with 2010's “Edge of Darkness,” but although he was very good, that film went nowhere.
“Get the Gringo” seems yet another measure of how Gibson's star has faded.
It casts him as a down-and-out career criminal named Driver who pulls off the heist of a lifetime, only to see it all go wrong when he winds up in a hard-core Mexican prison known as “El Pueblito.” In a struggle to survive, he has to tackle snarling goons and a ruthless drug lord, fend off seedy, corrupt cops and befriend a savvy 10-year-old street urchin who harbors a few dire secrets of his own.