Get The Gringo Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Get The Gringo by Antonio Pinto.
“If you like the Mexican guitar style, you’ll immediately find yourself enjoying this.”
Get The Gringo or How I Spent My Summer Vacation is an action film directed by Adrian Grunberg and starring Mel Gibson, Peter Stormare and Dean Norris. A career criminal is taken by Mexican authorities and placed in a tough prison where he learns to survive with the help of a 9-year-old boy. This is very much a Mel Gibson project and the score is composed by Antonio Pinto.
|3. La Frontera||80|
|4. Driver Sets Fire||80|
|5. He Killed My Father||100|
|6. Shoot Out||80|
|7. Make My Day||60|
|9. U. S. Bound||80|
|10. Final Confrontation||40|
|11. Sunny Day in Mexico||60|
The Mexican influences are very clear right from the start with the opening score cue ‘La Frontera’ and that gives this score a hook, although not unique, but interesting hook. The score itself is just 23 minutes, but I don’t think it would have been any better or worse if it was longer.
My favorite cues is perhaps the most quiet of them all called ‘He Killed My Father’ which is a thinking man’s action cue, with expressive guitars with a nice echo effect applied. The rest of the score is like you would expect after hearing the opening. It’s an easy listening Mexican mix, some of it sounds very familiar, but that’s probably because I have heard a lot of Mexican music.
‘U.S. Bound’ is an interesting cue that doesn’t quite sound so Mexican as the rest of the score. It also has a clearly defined string section which is a great contrast to the guitar this score has a lot of. Unfortunately it doesn’t last, but at least it’s different and slightly interesting.
If you like the Mexican guitar style, you’ll immediately find yourself enjoying this. I enjoyed it as well, but I couldn’t quite enjoy it all the way. It lacked something, a definable quality. Sure it has it’s Mexican sounds, but so what? Where’s the little extra? There’s so much more this score could have been, but in the end it ends up being only decent.
GEEK SCORE: 73.3
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