Posted on 3/03/12 08:26 PM
This film is an excellent redo of the old Zorro films; it's both well done and entertaining. It's very well directed by Martin Campbell and boasts an excellent cast including Antonio Banderas as this generation's Zorro and Anthony Hopkins as his mentor. It's also got terrific action sequences enhanced by well choreographed sword fights. Overall, an excellent action film.
The film begins by telling the story of Don Diego de la Vega aka Zorro (Anthony Hopkins), whose wife is murdered and his baby daughter stolen by an evil land baron (Stuart Wilson). He vows revenge. The focus shifts to Alejandro Murrieta (Antonio Banderas), a criminal who commits robberies with his brother. They are eventually hunted down by Captain Love (Matt Lescher), and rather than be captured, his brother shoots himself, but Alejandro escapes. Not finished. Alejandro gets drunk out of anger and meets Diego. Diego takes him under his wing as his protege and teaches him everything he knows. They join forces and discover a plan by Captain Love and the evil land baron who stole Diego's daughter to blow up a gold mine with the workers inside in order to cover up evidence of their mistreatment. In a fantastic final act, Zorro and Zorro, depending on how you look out it, travel to the mine to fight their respective foes. After all, they each have unfinished business.
Overall, this is one of the better films in the action genre. It's got a great story, excellent direction, and most of all, it doesn't take itself too seriously.