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.
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
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.