El Mariachi takes on the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican drug barons. With the help of his best friend and a beautiful bookstore owner, El Mariachi confronts the drug dealer’s army of desperados in a bullet-ridden showdown.
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An overblown and explosively narcissistic in terms of film style affliction of the senses with Mexican style mystification of machismo, violence and sexuality. Alas! One can hardly recall an analogous film regarding bad taste. This is evident in the despicable super slow motion shots that present Banderas' pundit avenger. The ritualist ease with which human life is eliminated makes for another misanthropic film feat.
This movie is the epitome of badass. Rodriguez made Banderas a badass and he brought Salma Hayek a movie star and a sex symbol. He mixes these two great talents with a colorful ensemble of actors that make this feel like the Mexican Pulp Fiction.
American sequel that made the legend of El Mariachi more accessible to an audience who don't see subtitled features, but the bigger budget doesn't means it is better and sometimes the film feels more like a reboot than a sequel. Banderas is a good sexier replacement for the original Mexican actor, but it is Salma Hayek who is most memorable here as delicious eye candy. Tarantino's joke cameo is stupid though.