THE TIME HAS COME.
The third part of the trilogy that began with El Mariachi (1992) sees the guitar-playing desperado (Antonio Banderas) lured out of retirement to stop a Mexican general from overthrowing the President after his decision to destroy a drug cartel. Director Robert Rodriguez does his best to entertain us in lieu of a coherent story; there’s much gunplay, things blow up, the heat is generally on and there’s a bunch of recognizable actors to enjoy. Johnny Depp is fun as a CIA agent, but not for a second do I really care about what’s going on in this film.
2003-U.S. 101 min. Color. Widescreen. Written, directed, shot, chopped, scored and designed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Antonio Banderas (El Mariachi), Salma Hayek (Carolina), Johnny Depp (Sheldon Sands), Mickey Rourke, Eva Mendes, Danny Trejo… Enrique Iglesias, Cheech Marin, Ruben Blades, Willem Dafoe, Pedro Armendáriz.
Trivia: George Clooney was allegedly considered for the part of Sands. Quentin Tarantino came up with the idea for this film.