Capsule Reviews: Once Upon a Time In Mexico, Machete, Wanted

Miguel Penabella | 16 February 2011

Once Upon a Time in Mexico, dir. Robert Rodriguez, 2003

Machete, dir. Robert Rodriguez, 2010

Wanted, dir. Timur Bekmambetov, 2008

     Funny how it takes two foreign directors to create a handful of action flicks that can completely wipe the floor with American ones. Recently, Hollywood has had a relatively bad reputation with unveiling some pretty lackluster shoot ‘em ups. The A-Team, The Expendables, Gamer and all the God-awful action films with those wrestler-turn-actors are all uninspired and rather dull despite their seemingly macho appearance. Robert Rodriguez and Timur Bekmambetov (of Mexican and Russian origin, respectively), understand how to create exciting, if not campy, action films. There’s a sense of validity though to the amount of blood and bullets sprayed on camera. American films are often hesitant to jump the MPAA rating from PG-13 to R, and when they do, they just weren’t balls-to-walls* enough (for lack of a better term) to authenticate what they display. John Woo, Don Siegel, and Quentin Tarantino are perhaps the best at releasing the pinnacle of action movies, complete with blood and unrelenting violence that audiences expect.

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