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Once Upon a Time in Mexico

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO

 

 

Once Upon a Time in Mexico tells the story of a well-hunted mariachi whose guitar case represents his manhood. He packs a guitar or ammo, depending on the needs.

The story, told in flashbacks, contains some of the movie's best elements, especially an inventive down-the-building rope-swinging escape.

The plot is a little confusing, but just stick with this slam-bang comic book over-the-top movie that knows how to mix humor and action together.

Not unlike the spaghetti westerns of the 60s, the final act of the mariachi trilogy is a slick, stylish, modern horse opera, complete with shootouts, showdowns, and double crosses.

Antonio Banderas returns as the mysterious "El Mariachi," with Johnny Depp as a CIA killer with a questionable past.

This violent shoot-'em-up proves there is no good or bad, just ugly.

Young director Robert Rodriguez, who works apart from the Hollywood circle, does his labors out of a fancy home studio in Austin, Texas, where he puts together his movies from scratch, using a light high-definition video camera.

He truly does everything connected to the film.

Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a comic farce that's full of running gags that mix adrenaline-pumping action scenes with over-the-top, stylized violence.

The film is a dizzy roller-coaster ride for adults, and doesn't take itself too seriously.


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