Once Upon A Time in Mexico: Rico Torres
Sumeet Bal
February 06, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Once Upon a Time in Mexico

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
97 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/12/03
performer
Antonio Banderas, Willem Dafoe, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Ruben Blades, Enrique Iglesias, Marco Leonardi, Cheech Marin, Mickey Rourke, Danny Trejo
director
Robert Rodriguez
distributor
Columbia Pictures
author
Robert Rodriguez
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

Inspired by Sergio Leone, director (and writer, producer, editor, composer, cameraman) Robert Rodriguez wraps up his ”El Mariachi” trilogy with Once Upon a Time in Mexico, a bloody, chaotic epic about a Mexican patriot who must stop two miscreants from staging a coup d’etat. Antonio Banderas captivates as the smoldering, long-haired mariachi hero (”El” for short), while Johnny Depp’s sardonic, trigger-happy CIA agent is a masterfully witty, quirky creation. Despite a convoluted plot, Rodriguez’s mix of old-fashioned shoot-outs and digital technology makes this a worthy melancholy fairy tale.

EXTRAS With characteristic passion for his craft, Rodriguez pours his heart into the special features, including three minidocs that offer an inside look at the one-man filmmaking studio and an in-depth commentary sure to satiate even the most vigilant movie geek.

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