3 Stars

Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico is current film in the El Mariachi saga. It follows the continuing exploits of El Mariachi (Banderas) while he seeks revenge for the death of Carolina (Hayek) and their daughter. The backdrop to vengance is a presidential coup d’etat being manipulated by a CIA agent (Depp).

Depp’s character is excellent, adding enough complexity and comedy to make the film very entertaining. However, the film does not have the raw sexuality and style of Desperado and relies on action elements that were already explored in both of the previous films. Although it is an entertaining film, it pales in comparison to Rodriguez’s earlier efforts.

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