This would be a great movie..... if originality, story and continuity didn't matter.Director Robert Rodriguez made a splash with his no budget action flick "El Mariachi" and since then, almost half his career has consisted of doing the same basic movie over, and over, and being buddies with Quentin Tarantino. It's apparent Rodriguez has talent, but it also has never been more apparent that he is becoming more of a kid in a candy store than a real film maker. The "Inside Troublemaker Studios" featurette on this disc is solid evidence of that. Rodriguez struts around his home editing and production facility, pointing out all the cool toys he has and telling himself digital video looks better, in all ways, than film. Whatever he's smoking when he convinces himself of that, he should be sharing with the rest of us. Digital video has been used effectively in such recent films as "28 Days Later," "Russian Ark" and "Elephant" but in the hands of Rodriguez, it is merely a toy. Not to mention that the recent movie he produced with these toys is an almost completely incoherent mess.
Johnny Depp sitting around looking cool.
Johnny Depp shooting the cook.
Antonio Banderas looking tough and cool.
Antonio Banderas shooting up a bar.
Salma Hayek looking seriously hot
Bad guys shooting up a hotel.
Johnny Depp walking around looking cool
Johnny Depp taking off his fake arm.
Mickey Rourke hiding his dog from Willem Dafoe
Something else gets shot up
A guy in a big hat saying "Story?!? We don't have no story! We don't need no story!"
Wash, Rinse, Repeat. For 101 coma inducing minutes.
(This review originally appeared on Slacker-Reviews.com)Director Robert Rodriguez clearly has talent as a director and "El Mariachi" is a big reason he is here in the first place, but I think it's well past time he let the old guitar slinging gun man die an honorable death. It's also time to let someone else write a movie for him. Maybe to let someone score it as well.