When the Mariachi enters the final town on his quest to kill Bucho, the last of the kingpin Mexican drug dealers, he takes part in a series of spectacular gun battles in which he faces down ten men at a time. When he's injured, he's saved by one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the big screen. Salma Hayek plays the beautiful bookstore owner who saves the Mariachi, and she's so good looking that she almost seems unreal. She's definitely the kind of woman that could make a blind man wish he was deaf.
So, we watch as the lovely couple mows down the bad guys while the Los Lobos soundtrack booms in the background, and as the drug dealers all swear and rant about killing that damn Mariachi! Meanwhile, famous figures like Quentin Tarantino and Cheech Marin pop up, adding color to a movie that's more about style than substance.
What strikes me the most about this thoroughly entertaining, albiet pretty shallow film, is the fact that Hong Kong action film genius John Woo has featured his action hero, Chow Yun Fat in movies JUST LIKE THIS over the last ten years. But hey, that's okay. There's always enough room for another slick, well-acted action movie.
Copyright 1995 John A. Lavin
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