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Desperado

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Desperado

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
106 minutes
Wide Release Date:
08/25/95
performer:
Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Quentin Tarantino
director:
Robert Rodriguez
author:
Robert Rodriguez
genre:
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Hipster violence ran out of luck when director Robert Rodriguez got Hollywood’s okay to make a sequel to his breakout indie El Mariachi, thereby turning a great tale of ordinary-guy revenge into yet another overblown action movie. In Desperado, Banderas performs all kinds of impossible stunts as a wandering guitarist seeking to avenge his girlfriend’s murder. On video, Desperado‘s repetitive gunplay has been made forgivable by Quentin Tarantino’s goofy presence and Steve Buscemi’s dead-on performance as the voice of reason. But when the movie finally turns into a full-blown comic book, you’ll be counting the bullet-riddled minutes until you can return to the video store and rent the original.