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).