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August 23, 2016
Bad movie. The story is chock-full of clichés, the characters are uninteresting, but the action and direction are decent. My biggest issue is that a movie taking place in 1800's Mexico and features primarily Hispanic actors/characters, EVERYONE speaks English. Even the poor farmers living in the middle of the desert.
May 10, 2015
Let's be honest this was about Penelope and Salma, their looks and sexuality. This was T and A. Not that I minded.
April 29, 2015
I can't watch this film ! Please help!
½ January 15, 2015
Here's something you don't see every day: Two great looking women who are also great actors. Fun.
½ February 25, 2014
Set in the late 19th century. When a ruthless robber baron takes away everything they cherish, a rough-and-tumble, idealistic peasant and a sophisticated heiress embark on a quest for justice, vengeance...and a few good heists.

stars Penelope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Dwight Yoakam, Sam Shepard, Denis Arndt, Audra Blaser, Ismael 'East' Carlo, Carlos Cervantes, Jose Maria Negri, Joseph D. Reitman, Israel "East" Carlo, Humberto Elizondo, Ismael Carlo, Edgar Vivar, Ernesto Gomez Cruz, Gary Carlos Cervantes and Lenny Zundel.

directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.
December 30, 2013
an awesome western kind of film with two of the hottest actresses around. this film is fun, uncomplexed and easy to watch. Hooray!
½ December 19, 2013
Stupidity.., Comedy, Fun.. .. Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz were Gorgeous. I liked Penelope more. She looked cute. Storyline is just fine, Few goo comedies.. many bad Jokes ... lots of stupidity.
November 3, 2013
Well-developed, many laughs. Surely good enough for me.
October 6, 2013
Music gives the sense of humor to the action on screen as fights and other mis-haps occur. A witty amusement, which may have you laughing in hysterics as Penelope and Salma trip over each others shoes. Cinematic landscapes fill the screen so that there is a lot to observe so its a film that can be watched several times to capture all that is going on. Nibbles: Tacos.
August 8, 2013
Much better than I had anticipated! But then, Luc Besson delivers pretty consistently! And who can go wrong with a movie starring Hayek and Cruz? I know Steve Zahn didn't, a.k.a. luckiest guy in the world!!! And what a great "final" shoot out scene on the train! Crazy!!!
½ July 10, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

(2006) Bandidas

Executive produced by Luc Besson, I have to say this movie pretty terrible and that the positive rating it received from RT critics is just a desperate indication that they're craving for more Westerns since their haven't been any good ones for the past few years- I think the last positive WESTERN was the remake of "True Grit".

Anyways, what can I say except to say this film is silly, for it centers on two small thin females who rely on luck and not so much on strength taking on ruthless outlaws- it's like a watching a Disney movie of the week. Plot centering on Penelope Cruz and Selma Hayek robbing all of Mexico's banks so that bad guy can't have his railroad built only serves as a backdrop to many boring nuances and cheap comedy acts.

1 star out of 4
July 3, 2013
movie night with Dad...and he loves movies like this. So one star for gorgeous Penelope, and one star for lovely Salma. Apart from that, the movie is crap.
½ June 10, 2013
it is what it is . a good movie .
½ May 24, 2013
It is a bit ridiculous, but still an enjoyable western set action piece.
½ April 23, 2013
Bandidas features a saucy premise, featuring hollywood's hottest Latina superstars in a buddy Mexploitation story, and if anything it's comedic to hear them shout semi-Mexican female blather back and fourth at each other, as well as watching them catfight while the musical score just sits back and has a good time at the sight of it.
And the screenplay is entertainingly unimpressive and seems like the writers of Sword Fish became vaguely inspired by Robert Rodriguez without thinking to rake a step outside the cliche box, so it's just comedic to witness.
Plus, Bandidas is one of the few examples of women-les action films that fall into the Mexploitation genre, and Salma Hayek's work on Desperado and Once Upon a Time Mexico make her perfect for the role, and she makes a good team with Penelope Cruz in terms of chemistry and trigger-happiness, so the two lead actresses deserve praise.
Steve Zahn was also decent.
And the sex appeal in Bandidas could not be more obvious, but its without being sexist because the characters are still empowering females even though the leads constantly have their breasts in perspective and the fact that the plot dynamics turn it into a teenage boy's wet dream at moments, particularly when Steve Zahn is tied up naked while Salma Hayek uses him to teach Penelope Cruz to kiss while they are both dressed in Burlesque costumes.

That's the most memorable part if Bandidas and is certainly appealing, but it symbolises the fact that Bandidas is reaching for the cheap side of entertainment and not doing enough to entertain throughout the majority despite brief moments of fun.
Of course, along with the speedy and predictable script, the pacing is utterly ridiculous and forced the actors too keep up with it's need to constantly keep moving without taking a second to think of the characters. Also, the action takes a back seat to predictable plot dynamics on a thin string and the woman vs. woman dialogue which is a shame because its of fairly decent calibre even when the story structure confuses many of the moments

But in terms of trashy fun and energetic Mexplotation, Bandidas has enough thrills to evoke entertainment for cult followers, but there is little beyond that makes it stand out.
February 13, 2013
Wanted...alive or dead
February 8, 2013
Both Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz looked amazing. But that's about it.
January 10, 2013
Dull and unimaginative.
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