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This movie can deliver on action

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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