This is the "Evil Dead" of action movies - a 16mm low-budget action movie that is hugely entertaining with a lot of inventive camera angles and huge amounts of blood. The film feels realistic and has a nice bunch of faces and (to me) unknown Mexican faces. The only scene that rings untrue is when our hero runs up a car hood and the villains stupidly shoot themselves.
Like a Shakespearean comedy of errors but with more people blowing huge bloody holes into one another with big-ass guns. Some pacing issues. Wasn't convinced by Peter Marquardt's villain to begin with--those line readings!--but he redeems himself in the last 6 minutes or so with a fantastic series of "angry gringo" faces.
Perhaps my only complain about this film is that some of the acting was very corny, but other than that its an amazing debut film that inspires low-budget and independent filmmaking. A very nice story about a mistaken identity with action, humour and memorable moments. It was a really entertaining experience and a very impressive debut for Robert Rodiguez.