Time: 106 mins.
SYNOPSIS: A nameless hitman comes to a small town to exact revenge on the drug lord that ruined his life.
BOTTOM LINE: Never before has sex and violence come together so perfectly in one film or one leading man. Banderas burns up the screen with his smoldering portrayal of a mariachi player with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. Anyone who stands in his way meets a painful end when their flesh connects with his bullets. His moves are both deadly and balletic, making the mayhem both exciting and beautiful to watch. Much of the credit for the look and feel of this film must go to its director Robert Rodriguez. The fight scenes are incredibly well choreographed. The intense visual style is what elevates the film above its' simplistic story.
The plot centers on the mariachi taking revenge on the man who ruined his life. Most of the people he meets along the way aren't lucky enough to survive the encounter. Hayek plays the town librarian who gives our wounded hero a place to hide and a reason to survive. She also recharges his batteries in one of the hottest sex scenes ever filmed. Rodriguez also manages to incorporate a great deal of humor into the story, mostly through the presence of Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin. Neither is onscreen for very long, but they both make the most of their supporting roles. A sultry, explosive, entertaining piece that doesn't have much to say, but leaves a lasting impression anyway.