Gaby Garcia of Burbank attends Glendale Community College.
Seeking to avenge the deaths of his wife (Salma Hayek) and his
young daughter, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) takes on a dangerous
mission in the midst of narcotics, corrupt government officials, and
gratuitous bloodshed. The action, fighting techniques of certain
characters, and unique guitar-gun used by El Mariachi are the aspects
of the film that make it worth viewing.
The screenplay does not make much sense in some areas. For
instance, the CIA agent (Johnny Depp) commits random murders, which
is not something you’d expect from someone in his profession.
However, the movie does contain some humor, especially in regard to
being a “MexiCAN” and a “MexiCAN’T.”
Despite the fact that some parts of the movie were somewhat
unclear to me, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” is worth watching,
especially if you are in the mood for some action. However, be aware
that the movie is rated R due to strong violence and language.
* “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” is rated R strong violence and
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