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Once Upon a Time in Mexico (Bilingual) [Import]
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DVD Columbia TriStar, 43396087170, 2003, Region 1
Guns, guns, guns! And a few explosions as bodies fly through the air and crash into tables and fruit stands. Once Upon a Time in Mexico, like all Robert Rodriguez movies, is all about the kinetic kick of high-velocity action. Johnny Depp, blase and whimsical, plays a CIA agent who's drawn guitar-playing gun-slinger Antonio Banderas (long black hair flopping over his face like the ears of a Labrador puppy) into a ridiculously convoluted plot to overthrow the Mexican government. Along for the ride are a craggy-faced rogue's gallery including Willem Dafoe, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo, Ruben Blades, and (to balance things out) the smooth, tantalizing complexions of Eva Mendes and Salma Hayek. For sheer trashy fun, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a step down from its predecessor, Desperado--but Desperado set the bar pretty high. For coherent storytelling, look elsewhere, but for action razzle-dazzle, this is your movie. --Bret Fetzer
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Antonio Banderas returns as the brooding gunman, El Mariachi, who is seeking revenge against a rogue general, Marquez. Why he is seeking revenge is revealed in flashback. Banderas is perfect once again in the role. Johnny Depp steals every scene he is in as Agent Sands, the sarcastic, psychotic CIA agent. He has too many one-liners to mention. Salma Hayek has little to do here, but who cares, she looks gorgeous. The impressive cast includes Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Willem Dafoe, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Ruben Blades, and Enrique Iglesias. The DVD offers commentary by Rodriguez, two featurettes, deleted scenes, widescreen presentation, and several other worthwhile extras. This is a great over the top action movie that never slows down from beginning to end. The finale with Agent Sands has to be seen. For a great action movie with an excellent cast, check out Once Upon a Time in Mexico!
The star of this movie, no matter what the credits read, is Johnny Depp. Depp is proving to be quite the comedic and action force in movies lately, Pirates of the Carribean, Sleepy Hollow and From Hell, just to name a few. He is a wonderful talent and a pleasure to watch any time he's on screen. However, even with his much needed help, this movie lacks punch and more importantly interest. I just found myself not interested a lot of times and that hurts anyone's viewing of a movie.
There are a few good things that work in the movie, and that is, the aforementioned performance by Depp, some cool special effects, namely the scene when Depp is, umm, hurt. (Those who saw the film will know what I mean - didn't want to add any spoilers), and there is some good dialogue here and there.
Unfortunetly, the bad out weigh the good, with boring strung out scenes, some absurd action scenes and not enough of El Mariachi himself, kicking around bad guys. Also, a dramatic backstory for Selma Hayek (complete with flashbacks) is poorly done.
This film had a lot potential and hype before it was released, with an all star cast including Mickey Rourke and Willem Dafoe in supporting roles, but the train just ran out of steam. Rent it for Johnny Depp and to draw your own conclusions but I think you're going to find that this is one to leave on the shelf.
Two and a half stars out of five.
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Not quite as good as Desperado but very good none the less. I really enjoyed it action packed and everyone in it was great actions fans must see this.Published 3 months ago by Paul
Weakest of the Trilogy, kind of a downer actually. Johnny Depp is great, funny, quirky (if you can stand any more of his quirks. Read morePublished on July 18 2013 by Terry Rutherford
But the song before El Presidente requests La Malagueña is called Jesu, Joy of Man's desiring by Bach.Published on Jan. 4 2005
WOW! I have just watched Once upon a time in Mexico for the second time in a row today!I rented it mainly because any movie with johnny depp in it intrests me as he is my fave... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2004 by M-C
The director did a great job on this film and I loved the way it was layed out, great gunfights and I like how the director made it his own, these movies are no copies of john woo,... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2004 by Richard B
Has Johnny Depp ever given a bad performance? Even if this movie doesn't happen to be your favorite, and yes, you have to pay atttention to get the plot details, it really has... Read morePublished on July 24 2004
This movie was such a waste of time. It gets a half star for having semi-decent shootouts and another for a great perfomance by Johnny Depp. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
The only reason I gave this movie 2 stars is because of Johnny Depp. As always he overshadows everyone else in the movie with his dark humor and personality, despite the All Star... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by J. Prosper
this movie is was way better than new york minute. since this movie has bad acting.Published on July 6 2004 by da hustle pt 2
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