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Once Upon a Time in Mexico

Year: 2003
Director: Robert Rodruguez
Writer: Robert Rodruguez
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe, Eva mendes, Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke
At the time of writing this review, I haven't seen El Mariachi, and there something that seemed missing from Desperado despite it's inherent coolness.

Mexico is bigger and more involved in every way, with a bigger cast and bigger ideas, but doesn't make the impact you hope it will in the same way Desperado missed the mark slightly.

It's one saving grace is Johnny Depp as the snide CIA agent Sands. Mariachi (Banderas) has so much competition for charisma he almost seems a bit player.

After a corrupt general has killed the rest of his family (including his daughter and Carolina, Hayek looking like enough to melt steel with a single look), Mariachi is a drifter and a recluse.

But he's sought out and offered a chance to get his revenge in a plot involving the assassination of the Mexican President and has to open his guitar case once again.

Okay action, too many characters, and without Depp's presence it would have been much less enjoyable.

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