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Bandidas

Year: 2006
Production Co: Europa Corp
Director: Joachim Roenning
Producer: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson
Cast: Salma Hayek, Penelope Cruz, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakham, Sam Shepard
It's hard to say exactly what went wrong with this film. On paper it looked like a slam dunk - two of the hottest Latino actresses of their generation in a rousing, Robin Hood-like tale of revenge and action. There seemed the possibility of chase scenes, a strong vein of comedy, a thriller aspect thanks to the bank robbing premise and a smattering of sex.

And all those elements were indeed in place, it's just that they were all so uninteresting. Even the delectable Cruz and Hayek dressing up in slinky lingerie and draping themselves all over Steve Zahn to pose as hookers and take incriminating photos seemed stupid.

The girls play a peasant woman (Cruz) and an aristocratic lady (Hayek) who both come up against the corruption and violence perpetrated by a nasty businessman (Yoakham) hoping for a cheap Mexican land grab on behalf of US banks.

They team up and become notorious bank robbers in order to buy their country back, even convincing the meticulous crime scene investigator (Zahn) over to their cause. It's all fairly predictable, which was expected, but what wasn't so expected was just how dry and flat the whole thing was.

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