Friday, 17 September 2010


It's Robert Rodriguez! Of course it's going to be fun!

He's a Mexican... he's been set up... and now he's showing there are some borders you don't cross... Yeah, okay, that's not a tagline, but you could imagine it would be. But that is, in one way, the basic plot. What's missing is the motivation, namely illegal immigration, and Robert is making a big statement about that.

Which does get in the way of the bloodbath. There's a big bloody opening, but then the moments of death are paced out as we get the plot delivered in big chunks. Make no mistake about what this movie is saying, as Rob has decided that subtle might mean people could miss it. Illegal immigration. It's happening, but the answer isn't guns.

And it's a big cast. Some of the people from the original trailer (below) are in it, so we've got Danny Trejo, with Jeff Fahey (which is up with his eyes?) and Cheech Marin, but also Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Don Johnson, and, yes, Lindsay Lohan. And if you didn't think so before, you'll see Danny's acting chops on full display (as well as his machete chops! Ha! You see what I did there? Ha! Laugh, damn you!).

From what I heard, I wanted to like this more than I eventually did. Yeah, it's good, but I can't help thinking that it could have been tightened up to be even better.


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