Review: ‘Bandido’

"Bandido" takes the kind of outlandish action hero Carlos Gallardo helped create in both "El Mariachi" and "Desperado" and drops him into a ridiculous spy vs. spy adventure where no lady is without an ample bosom and no man lacks a big glistening gun. Result will put a silencer on B.O. in limited rollout.

Descending into a form that can only be called “accidental camp,” “Bandido” takes the kind of outlandish action hero Carlos Gallardo helped create in both “El Mariachi” and “Desperado” and drops him into a ridiculous spy vs. spy adventure where no lady is without an ample bosom and no man lacks a big glistening gun. The filmmakers seem split between doing it straight and gleefully ripping up the genre, and never make up their minds. Result will put a silencer on B.O. in limited rollout, but vid should have more pop.

A wily safecracker named Max Cruz, infamously known as Bandido (Gallardo, in requisite black), is framed by CIA baddie Fletcher (Matt Craven) and must do his bidding. Max’s mission impossible is penetrating the compound of a top Mexican drug lord named Beno (Canuck thesp Kim Coates, trying to be Mexican) and grabbing computer discs valued by the agency. Max and the movie are quickly distracted by gorgeous females draped all over him, from Angie Everhart as his leather-clad second to Beno’s put-upon concubine, Sofia (Ana La Salvia).

Bandido

Mexico-U.S.

Production

A Bandido release of a Videocine production. Produced by Carlos Gallardo, Roger Christian, Eckehardt Van Damm . Executive producer, Miguel Camacho. Directed by Roger Christian. Screenplay, Scott Duncan, Ned Kerwin, based on characters by Carlos Gallardo.

Crew

Camera (CFI color), Mike Southon, Kristian Bernier; editors, Gene Wood, Troy Niemans, Robin Russell; music, Michael J. Gonzales; music supervisors, Gallardo, Christian; production designers, Christian, Gallardo; sound (Dolby Digital), Abel Flores; supervising sound editor, John Nutt; digital effects, No Strings Attached; stunt coordinator, Julian Busio; assistant director, Bruno Madariaga; second unit camera, Lars Herrmann; casting, Ana Medina. Reviewed at Mann Plant 16, Van Nuys, Dec. 14, 2004. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 99 MIN.

With

Carlos Gallardo, Angie Everhart, Matt Craven, Kim Coates, Ana La Salvia, Karime Lozano. (English, Spanish dialogue)
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