Action, Antics And Stylish Awe

Ostensibly, Once Upon a Time in Mexico is about all the standard action-movie stuff--drug cartels, an assassination plot, revenge killings. Been there, done that a thousand times. But really it's an exercise in style by Robert Rodriguez and not to be taken any more (or less) seriously than his giddy Spy Kids movies.

Sure, the body count is astronomical, but the picture is so cheeky and ironized that you come to think of all those extras flying through the air as a kind of corps de ballet, people you know are going to dust themselves off and head for the...

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