Directed By: Robert Rodriguez
Written By: Robert Rodriguez
What a cool action movie, Robert Rodriguez is really good at these shoot em up films. This movie made a big splash in 1995. It not only ushered Antonio Banderas into the spotlight but it also introduced us all to Rodriguez and Salma Hayek as well. It’s really violent and really exciting with non-stop gun fighting as the mysterious musician kills his way to the top of the drug cartel. This is the second movie in the Robert Rodriguez “Mexico Trilogy,” the sequel to his 1992 independent film El Mariachi.
Rodriguez has a lot of pride in his nationality, it is more than obvious in all his films. Rodriguez usually writes his action stars as strong and powerful Mexican heroes. We see this not only in the Mariachi films but also in Machete and Planet Terror. Antonio Banderas plays that part in this film and does it very well. He looks good and he shoots the hell out of everyone. Has there ever been a woman more beautiful that Salma Hayek? This was her first American movie and her career easily took off afterwards because she is just so smoking hot. Joaquim de Almeida is great as the bad guy, a role he usually plays well. Rodriguez favorites Cheech Marin and Danny Trejo both have parts. I am a really big fan of Danny Trejo and have liked him in nearly everything I have seen him in. Steve Buscemi and Quentin Tarantino also bring a lot to the film with their parts. I don’t think Tarantino is worth much in his attempts to be an actor but I think he does do a good job in this movie. Buscemi as usual is great, his presence instantly makes any movie better.
This movie is simple but it is a cool film that is a lot of fun to watch. It didn’t and wouldn’t win any awards but I think it is worth your time nonetheless. Like I have said before, sometimes we all need a good mindless action flick to turn our brains off with from time to time.
I usually give the action movies Ryan makes me watch a chance, but usually there is something I can find entertaining in them. This movie doesn’t have much that appeals to me, it obviously wasn’t made for women. I like Salma Hayek but in this movie she is only eye candy for the men. This movie was made for men and I sympathize with any other women who are forced by their husbands to sit through it.
NEXT MOVIE: The Devil’s Advocate (1997)