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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

  • Drama
  • 2012
  • Adrian Grunberg
  • 92 mins
  • 15

Summary

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This bloody and sadistic thriller stars Mel Gibson as an unnamed career criminal sentenced without trial to a tough Mexican prison compound, where inmates live with their families, and drugs and prostitution are rife. Befriending a young boy and his mother, the "gringo" plans his escape and the recovery of the millions from his last heist, stashed away by crooked guards and the jail's ruthless kingpins. The story is inspired by the notorious real-life "El Pueblito" prison facility in Tijuana, and the level of graphic violence behind the high walls seems at odds with the arguably frivolous title of director Adrian Grunberg's film. The plot is intricately structured and well paced, with co-writer Gibson giving himself a generous helping of wisecracks, but scenes of torture (including women and children) may be uncomfortable and shocking to viewers more used to Gibson's lighter, knockabout action fare.

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Credits

Cast

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DriverMel Gibson
JaviDaniel Gimenez Cacho
CaracasJesús Ochoa
CarnalRoberto Sosa
Kid's motherDolores Heredia
KidKevin Hernandez
Prison directorFernando Becerril
SurgeonPatrick Bauchau
CarlosTenoch Huerta Mejía
FrankPeter Stormare
Frank's lawyerScott Cohen
Thomas KaufmanBob Gunton
BillDean Norris

Crew

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DirectorAdrian Grunberg

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate UK
Released on
2012-05-11
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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