With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, "El Mariachi," director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of "El Mariachi," where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
For most of the killings they used a gun that essentially fired fake blood at the characters instead of squibs. This unfortunately created too realistic of an effect resulting in them having to edit out much of the deaths for the censors. See more »
When El Mariachi pulls the knives out of his arms and back, there is a crunching sound. Pulling a smooth-edged throwing knife out of his body - even through his clothing - would produce no such noise. See more »
[El has just walked out of the confessional booth]
Did you want confession?
Heh? Well, maybe later, Father. 'Cause where I am going, I'd just have to come right back.
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A very different and much livelier sequel sees a more known actor, step into a shoes of that mysterious guitarist whose case stores an arsenal of death. Yes, he's that mysterious stranger whose somehow acquired a gift for gunfire overnight, or was it a silent deadly talent. Whatever it is, this non stop spectacle of action, amidst explosions and bloodshed is just that, not to be taken seriously. Bubblegum escapist fare. Cool, sexy Banderas makes a name for himself as the new bad..rse, out to settle a score if you know, from watching the first, only to receive a thunderblow of shock as to the identity of the avenged. Joaquin De Almedia is fantastic as the deadly Bucho, (only film I saw him in before-The Honorary Consul, what happened?) who's entourage he sends to find this so called myth of a man, only results in them coming back dead or injured. Banderas is great as the new hero, you so much vouch for, one cool gunslinger, and this is his movie. The way those two pistols pop up from under his coat sleeves is so cool, as many other things in this flick are. A movie, did you ask? No. A non stop action flick, super spectacular, just to get lost in, as well as Hayek's beauty, a fitting song, in light of the head turning accidents she causes. Buscemi is likable and funny as Bandera's sender of bad news, through his carefully detailed stories, that send of hearts racing. QT's joke goes down as a killer in my book, and he's so well enunciated, as he tells it (you'll split your heels) lapping it up for the camera. We catch momentary frames of him that actually paint as a different bad dude character, where really sometimes directors should stay where they belong. Danny Trejo, adds great nasty menace too as one nasty ugly Mexican, 15 years shy of his Machete role, who you don't want to f..k with. A much contrast to his role in Heat as one of Deniro's posse. Too in these sort of escapist fares, we have scenes of incredulity, one including Banderas, falling backwards onto the roof of a much lower building and not braking his back. Check out the opening credit scene with Banderas and his mariachi's capturing the attention of a room full of bar patrons, playing a great guitar playing track. Action, action, action, action, and more action. I can't put it better. We have bits of humor too, adding flavour, but mostly it's in not so happy instances. You will admire, revenge filled Banderas's persistence and stamina too.
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