Movie Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003)

Watched 20130718 (Netflix, Instant)
Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) Robert Rodriguez. 102 min

Sands (Johnny Depp)
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Fideo, El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas), and Lorenzo (Enrique Iglesias)
This movie is the third in Robert Rodriguez's Mexico Trilogy. However, just as I easily saw the third movie (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)) in Sergio Leone's Dollar Trilogy without seeing the first two, I had no qualms about watching Once Upon a Time in Mexico without seeing the first two movies in the Mexico Trilogy.

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I should be honest and say that after watching the movie, I don't really know what it's about. I can say, however, that while the movie didn't make sense to me, it was fun to watch.

Filled with dynamic characters, a touch of craziness, and some violence, the movie reminds me most of Pulp Fiction (1994). However, with a more story-driven plot, I find myself liking this movie better.

Speaking of which, while this movie reminds me of Pulp Fiction and Pulp Fiction reminds me of Sin City (2005), this movie does not (directly) remind me of Sin City. The two movies do, however, have a common actor: Mickey Rourke.

Carolina (Salma Hayek)
Note that the trilogy's main character is El Mariachi, but Johnny Depp's character Sands manages to steal the limelight. In any case, if you're a fan of Johnny Depp or enjoy movies similar to Pulp Fiction (though the two are only loosely similar), then perhaps you should give this movie a watch. Certainly there are probably other reasons to watch the film, but I'll leave it at that.

Instant Comments:
Apparently this movie is the third in a trilogy.
"No, I'll shoot the cook."

"You're about a quart low."
An hour into the movie and I'm a little confused.
"Look me in the eye, and then kill me."
"Alive and well" Busted knees. "in hell." Boom.