Get The Gringo

Featured In Issue 169, September 2012

WSR Score4.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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In Get The Gringo, Driver (Gibson) is an American criminal who violently crashes his car through the border wall, as he tries to outrun the U.S. Border Patrol, and comes to a screeching halt in Mexico. Having survived the crash only to land inside a hard-core Mexican prison, Driver enters the strange and dangerous world of "El Pueblito." In the middle of this ruthless penal colony, Driver must do whatever it takes to survive, even if he must turn to the unlikely guidance from a 10-year-old kid who shows him the ropes. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes A Look Inside (HD 18:01), On Set: The Car Chase (HD 03:38), On Set: The Showdown (HD 04:10), On Set: The Raid (HD 03:44), the "El Corrido del Gringo" music video (HD 02:58), up-front previews, and a digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was digitally shot with an intended raw and gritty appearance. Contrast is pushed, though, blacks appear deep and white levels are blown. Shadow delineation is decent and consistent with the pushed contrast. The color palette is hued toward browns, with fleshtones that appear orangish. Resolution is revealing of fine detail during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture but is generally softly focused in medium and distant shots. As a stylized picture, the gritty, dirty, and slightly grainy nature of the imagery really supports the storytelling of Mexican prison life. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding, with an aggressive music score that is spread wide and deep with energized surround envelopment. While atmospherics are nicely supported, special effects such as gun shots and explosions are heightened with strong .1 LFE energy, which at times extends to sub-25 Hz levels. Foley effects also are very realistic. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially, which enhances the sense of raw realism. This is an effectively executed holosonic® soundtrack that perfectly supports the gritty visuals. (Gary Reber)