How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2012) Review
The film opens with a car chase and two men in clown masks being chased by police. The driver (Gibson) then proceeds to crash over a fence . . . but not just any fence this fence is the border between the US and Mexico.
Crashing in Mexico turns out to be the worst possible thing that could happen to the driver or Gringo as we hear him called the most. We are never actually sure what his real name is as he uses a couple throughout the film. The original title of this film was ‘Get the Gringo’ and I can understand why after seeing the film.
I am struggling to try and write this review without totally slating and slamming the film. I really did not like anything about it and found it such a waste of time, and possibly the worst film I have seen so far this year. I know that sounds extreme but I will attempt to explain why I did not like it in the review.
So after Gibson is arrested in Mexico he is taken into a holding cell before being transferred into a prison. But this is not just any prison it is more like a community. With families living in the compound, loads of children with there convicted parents. Shops, houses etc. So that as a start point Gibson ends up friends with a 9-year-old boy who tells him he is special. But it takes some finding out how he is special.
Wait for this very interesting plot twist . . . the boy is special as he is a liver match for the man who seems to be running the prison. Just like his father was before him, yes possibly one of the worst film plots ever but believe me it’s even worse when watching it. My favorite laugh out loud moment had to involve the liver but I will not spoil that.
The film is mainly in Spanish so you have to be ready to do quite a bit of reading throughout. But that didn’t really bother me too much, the actual story line did. I really wouldn’t recommend this film at all. I was actually laughing at how bad it was throughout. Mel Gibson still on his downward spiral in my opinion!