Desperado – Filtered
With this sequel to his prize-winning independent previous film, “El Mariachi,” director Robert Rodriquez joins the ranks of Sam Peckinpah and John Woo as a master of slick, glamorized ultra-violence. We pick up the story as a continuation of “El Mariachi,” where an itinerant musician, looking for work, gets mistaken for a hitman and thereby entangled in a web of love, corruption, and death. This time, he is out to avenge the murder of his lover and the maiming of his fretting hand, which occurred at the end of the earlier movie. However, the plot is recapitulated, and again, a case of mistaken identity leads to a very high body count, involvement with a beautiful woman who works for the local drug lord, and finally, the inevitable face-to-face confrontation and bloody showdown.
This is an action-adventure starring Antonio Banderas as the nameless vigilante Mariachi. Mariachi is on a killing spree. He is a former guitar player who travels through Mexico, with a guitar case full of assorted weaponry, in search of a notorious drug dealer known only as Bucho (Joaquim De Almeida). Drug dealers murdered Banderas’ girlfriend, and he holds Bucho as ultimately responsible. While almost single-handedly taking on Bucho’s militia, Mariachi still finds time for romance with a sultry bookstore owner played by Salma Hayek.
Desperado is an exciting entertaining movie to watch. Banderas is ruthless in dispensing his brand of justice to the bad guys. Due to the excessive violence, and illegal drug presence, it is not recommended as a Dove family-approved film.