In 1848, a New York bank wants to put a railroad across Mexico, so it buys up small banks around Santa Rita, Durango, and evicts farmers on the proposed rail line who owe money. The banks henchman is the murderous Jackson. He runs afoul of two women, Mar
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Latina heartthrobs Salma Hayek and PenÃ©lope Cruz co-headline therousing indie Western movie entitled,"Bandidas". It tells the tale oftwo very different women in mid-19th century Mexico who become a bankrobbing duo in an effort to combat a ruthless enforcer terrorizingtheir town. It was produced and written by Luc Besson. The film wasdirected by Norwegian directors Joachim RÃ¸nning and Espen Sandberg.Sara and Maria are two women whose fathers are each wiped out by anasty, vile, gun-wielding swindler named Tyler Jackson,who cuts abloody swath across the Southwest as he reduces one bank after anotherto an impoverished trash heap. In revenge, these women vow to beatTyler at his own game by hitting and robbing each of the banks beforetheir father's killer can reach them. The movie is has the same kind of brisk and lightweight comicaction.The only thing going for it is the playful chemistry between itscharismatic,sexy and appealing stars - Cruz and Hayek - who are look togood at and nothing more.
A fast food cinematography. From Luc Besson's mind come to us this taleabout a pair of girls turned into bandits. Nothing spectacular, it hasnot narration sense, anyway it really was something funny, logicallystopping to pass his mistakes of continuity and sequence.Maybe on hands of another filmmaker this would be something more smart,but his directors Sandberg and Roennig (I don't know why to use twodirectors)chose to film it without necessary sense of the action;perhaps Besson would have made bandidas much better (remember he is aspecialist creating femme fatales).But all is not lost, if you enjoy seeing Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz,they really look sexy, this is the only one good thing of the movie.Rent this movie it's nice when you have not something more important todo.
This review is from: Bandidas (Amazon Instant Video) Thought it was a great movie with the two lovely actresses. Action was good with the dialog required. I enjoyed very much.
This review is from: Bandidas (DVD) Found this movie while doing an IMDB search on Dwight Yokam. I knew he had done some acting and had seen him in Hollywood Homicide. This is a great action/comedy and the two partner with each other perfectly.
I loved this movie. I was fun, fast paced, and I can watch it over and over! Also, who knew Steve Zahn had such a nice body?! Yum.
Another enjoyable comedy/action flick ...The story is based upon Mexican background. Two girls (Cruz and Hayek)from completely opposite background team together to take revengeagainst a ruthless enforcer hired by a New York bank who murdered theirfathers. They start with looting the bank owned by Hayek's father andthe series of bank robberies start. To investigate into this matter,the bank sends a detective who in turn is captured by these two'bandidas' and taken hostage. And then the real fun begins.The storyline is predictable but the performances are brilliant. Cruzas an innocent village girl and Hayek as a highly educated girl andtheir cat-fights add to the flavour.Definitely an enjoyable movie ! Go for it !
I can say this movie is worth watching. It is really entertaining andcan fill your day with laughter. As you probably expected already thatBandidas was made as a light and entertaining movie. The story isdefinitely easy to catch with a big support by Salma and Penelope'sacting and fresh jokes.You could say that Bandidas is a story of two females Zorro. Under anycircumstances they always managed to get a hold onto something - insome unique ways. Salma and Penelope played really well, and definitelyHOT! Frankly speaking, Maria (Penelope Cruz) was a farm girl which didnot have much education. On the other hand, Sara (Salma Hayek) was auptown girl freshly graduated from European university. Both of themdid not share any common traits or life, except the bad guys killed andalmost killed their fathers. Joining their forces and power together,they were robbing the enemy's banks.If you would like to have a good time without any brainstormingactivities, Bandidas will suit you just fine. Hope you guys enjoy it asI did!
This review is from: Bandidas (Amazon Instant Video) This is one oft favorite movies I've searched for it everywhere and could only find it on amazon. When I saw it I had to buy it .. U should definitely buy and watch u will enjoy !
make no mistake - this movie is really about Penelope Cruz's & Salma Hayek's breasts. Every 60 seconds at least there is some different kind of cleavage shot. I mean, can we be more obvious? To say this movie is sexist is putting it mildly. I liked Penelope Cruz before this movie. now I am love with her. Did I say that the flick was not amusing and enjoyable? I wish they had filmed it in Spanish - the dubbed in Spanish is kind of lame - then it would have really been hot.
I saw this movie advertised on the internet several months back but itonly was in one theater on the other end of Phoenix. I finally rentedit the other night. Selma and Penelope are pretty hot. I was expectinga little more nudity in it and was a little disappointed in thatrespect. I know some people will cry "pervert" but when I see two hotLatina women on the cover what am I suppose to expect. The story wassimple and Zahn did a pretty good job. I thought the kissing sceneswhere a little on the goofy side. The DVD sound track has a bad echo incertain spots, which doesn't help. I think this DVD is not one I wouldwant to keep in my collection, it was just too campy and cheesy for mytaste. I give it a low rating.
Bandiadas is Strictly b-movie material, but that doesn't mean it has nospirit. If nothing else, one is liable to get a kick out of Hollywood'stwo hottest Spanish actresses sharing screen time, wielding knives andpistolas, and playing off each other with one liners like Butch Cassidyand the Sundance Kid. The end result is a dumb, but cute comedicwesternBandidas makes up for its lack of brains and creativity, with satire.It keeps the movie from being dull or obnoxious (generally) but I thinkit is safe to say that the movie could've been funnier. RobertRodriguez would be very much at home behind the camera on this one.Under such circumstances, Badidas would not just be spiced up but mayhave even been clever. On another matter, It is a wonder how somethingthat features names like Hayek, Cruz, writer Luc Besson, and even SamShepard (renowned American play write and co-star of The Right Stuff),did not get major commercial release. At any rate, Bandidas remains silly but is amusing enough to make itworth a peek (assuming it catches your attention)
An enjoyable film, Bandidas, brings to the screen the story of two beautiful Mexican women who band together in order to protect their land from the greedy Bank of New York which is out to buy up as much property as possible. After giving it some thought, the two young ladies decide that their best option would be to start robbing banks...Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz (both of whom are GORGEOUS!), Steve Zahn, and the rest of the cast carry out their performances very well. The setting, the plot, the dialogues, the humor, and the music are all good.Bandidas is probably not a movie you would want to add to your collection, and though quite silly at times, it will put you in a good mood and provide for an evening's entertainment.
If you like action movies with comedy, you'll like this. I liked Salma Hayek's performance in Ugly Betty, so I picked this up at the video store. It's basically a cowboy movie set in Mexico, with Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz as the partner cowboys robbing banks to save their people. I thought the action and comedy were really well done. Salma Hayek is a rich heiress, newly returned from a European education to her banker father's Mexican home. Penelope Cruz is a Mexican farm girl with an affinity for horses and guns. Some bad guys come into the story and force the farmers to sell their farms for 1 peso, or be shot (or both). Salma and Penelope's fathers get murdered/injured by the bad guys and the two ladies go on the road for some revenge. They rob the bad guy's banks and give the money to support the displaced Mexican people. Salma and Penelope get training in bank robbing, come up with some hilarious schemes to rob armed banks, and even get the crime scene investigator to help them rob banks. The story is set in a beautiful Mexican (I think it's actually shot entirely in Mexico) landscape where the people are good and honest, and the bad guys are out to swindle them. Salma and Penelope, needless to say, are beautiful and hilarious. Their outfits are particularly attractive and they have some great comedic stunts. There's one part that's probably not suitable for children though - at one point the two ladies dress up in brothel dance outfits and take scandalous photos with a unclothed bound man (for purely blackmail purposes). There's a cute dog, a smart horse who can even go up ladders, and lots of beautiful shots of scenery, horses and great music. The movie has a lot of slapstick comedy, two heart-of-gold heroines who bicker with each other, and enough action (gunfights, explosions and horse riding) to keep my husband happy. If you're looking for a comedic action movie with heart in a beautiful historical setting, this is it.
I had two main reason watching Bandidas through: Salma Hayek andPenelope Cruz, who are both stunningly beautiful and talented women.But I have to say, that their looks and inner chemistry was the mainthing here, as the movie tries and tries and tries, but it rarelysucceeds in what it so hard tries to be: a fun action adventure abouttwo girls in the west.Sure enough, the film does have adventure and action in it, but it allis, before the end, pretty dull and witless. The only light spark inthe comedic section is pretty clear reference to old European comicbook hero Lucky Luke in a form of a horse that rivals Lukes horse JollyJumper in wit.The plot of the film doesn't give out much of surprises, actually anyis the right word, as the whole thing moves forward with steadilypredictable space. It has evil bankers, righteous police, heroicunderdogs and even a bit of love and through out its whole lengthpretty much everything happens in a comfortable, or annoying dependingon how you see it, fashion.The best action scene of the film is spared to the end, in where we aretreated with nicely filmed slow motion gun fight in a tight train cart,but other than that the main attraction of the tale are the twostunning beauties. Sad thing really, as with some polishing this mighthave been turned out to be more than just a mediocre western actioncomedy. It's not like it didn't have all the right elements.
I have seen this movie today and i must say it cheered my day.It wasfunny(many laugh out loud moments), the action was very very good forits genre (Western), a good plot to go by and it accomplishes to giveyou that old Western feeling.Penelope and Salma were magnificent and aperfect on-screen couple.For what it is (Action Western),it deserves anapplause...I don't know why some people didn't like it, Considering itis PG-13, Genre Action Western Comedy (and not a drama or social moviethat goes for an Oscar) it's top in its genre.It's got what it promisesand even more.It is a very fun movie and unlike what another postersaid , it does deserve the money to buy a ticket and go see it.
This review is from: Bandidas (DVD) I`ve always been a humongous fan of Penelope Cruz, so when I found this flick at my local library,it was an instant checkout. Set in Mexico, the movie centers on two young women, Maria and Sara, who form an unlikely duo in order to defeat an evil American baron. In a Robin Hood-esque twist, they become bandits, stealing from banks to give to poor Mexicans. Although packed wth humor from both funny situations and Sara and Maria`s rivalry, I can see why this did not become a "big" hit at the box office. The script is witty, but it dwindles too much on unnecessary details, and pits the two heroines against Quentin, a wimpy "criminal investigator", to vy for his affection. This movie is probably appropiate for about 12+, due to some action/adventure violence throughout, a pretty racy makeout scene involving Quentin and Sara-while she is clad in a revealing prostitute`s outfit- and a hilarious (but still unnecessary) view of Quentin`s bare butt. I still bought the movie because I loved Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek`s roles, but the plot was stereotypical and way too breezy.
Mexico 1880, Sara Sandoval (Salma Heyek) is the daughter of a richbanker. Maria Alvarez (PenÃ©lope Cruz) is the daughter of a poor farmer.These two woman have nothing in common expect their culture. But TylerJackson (Dwight Yoakam), who represents the New York Bank and Trust.He's planning to rob the people of Mexico, especially those who can'tplayed their debts. Sara and Maria find help from unlikely man from NewYork, his name is Quentin Cooke (Steve Zahn). A young forensicinspector. Now these three people are rubbing banks to feed the poorand trying to find any evidence against Jacksin. Since he murderedSara's father.Directed by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg made an amusing comedywestern with the right elements of adventure and humour. Heyek and Cruzseems to be having a great time and they are also attractive leads aswell. This film never had a wide release in the U.S. (Which this moviecould have been successful) but 20th Century Fox sadly decided to notgive it a big release. Which it will probably be a cult movie forcertain tastes.DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (also in Pan &Scan) and an fine Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. DVD has anentertaining and humorous commentary track by actresses:Heyek and Cruz,which some viewers might find this more enjoyable than the movie. DVDalso includes a brief featurette and the theatrical trailer. Thislively adventure also have some touches of Spaghetti Western as well.Sam Shepard appears in a small role as The Girls' Mentor has thebrightest moments in the picture. Some might find this movie to bethinly plotted but the ingraining cast makes up for most flaws in thefilm. Written by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Messenger:The Storyof Joan of Arc, The Professional) and Robert Mark Kamen (The KarateKid, Kiss of the Dragon, The Transporter). Besson is also one of thefilm's producers. Flavorable score by Eric Serra. Super 35. (*** 1/2out of *****).
This review is from: Bandidas (DVD) Not a movie you want to watch everyday. Best saved for days when you just want something entertaining. Having said that... it was good fun seeing the females do the gun slinging, wall climbing, knife throwing, and kissing training. Good fun. :)
...with Hayek and Cruz filling the screen, what's there not to like? The only improvement would have been a Spanish-language film with English subtitles...
Just the combination of PenÃ©lope Cruz and Salma Hayek is enough to get me to see almost anything, and putting 'em in a western, well, that just makes it all the more delicious. Theoretically. This 2006 film, written and produced in part by French trash-auteur Luc Besson, not one of my favorite filmmakers at all, was a complete flop on release - I'm not sure it even got a theatrical run in the USA - and hasn't exactly gotten great marks from critics. But, y'know, the ladies...and it was cheap, and I was in the mood for more PenÃ©lope after the latest AlmodÃ³var film, so here goes.And...it's not really that bad, though it is somewhat dull and watered-down and juvenile and certainly lacking in originality. Let's start with the rating; I'm not one to usually complain about such things, but PG-13? No nudity and very little real violence? In a western starring the two hottest Latinas around? What, are we supposed to be so enchanted by their silly, bitchy bantering with each other, and the slapdash storyline of the two empowered women taking back their country that we forgive the lack of bone-crunching, blood-drenched body count and the covered-up nature of the two bodacious bosoms?Well, almost, at least for a moment here and there. Our story: rich educated Sara (Hayek) teams up with poor farm girl Maria (Cruz) to rob the banks taken over by the evil gringo Jackson (Dwight Yoakam, of course) who is bent on grabbing the whole wealth of Mexico on the pretext that he's the head of some big American bank consortium or some such thing. That part of the film was just so silly from the get-go that I figured, why care? What gets the two ladies together is that Jackson has killed Sara's father and wounded Maria's, and there is apparently nobody in all of northern Mexico who can stand up to him and his gang of a couple dozen thugs.And neither can they, until they're led to ex-bank robber Bill Buck (Sam Shepard, fine as always though it could have been anybody) who teaches them everything there is to know about shooting and escaping and such in a couple of weeks. And when they run into criminologist Quentin (Steve Zahn), hired by Jackson to solve the bank robberies, they quickly convince him - via blackmail in a scene that offers the closest this film ever has to sex - that the mustache-twirling Jackson (a Snidely Whiplash clone if you know what I mean) is a lying thief and the duo becomes a trio from which no bank is safe!The chemistry between the two leading ladies is great, it's obvious they're close friends and had fun shooting this, and everybody seems to be having fun, which goes a long way for me with a stupid flick like this. The photography by Thierry Arbogast, Besson's regular DP, is all sun-drenched late summer, overlit and golden, which usually irritates me but it works ok in this filmed-on-location Mexican setting; the music by Eric Serra is, not surprisingly, an unmemorable Ennio Morricone pastiche and there are many moments when directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg are clearly trying to go for a spaghetti feel, though the film always feels too fluffy and toned-down to ever get there. The action sequences are pretty so-so, with a lot of slow-mo in the final gunfight, though surprisingly not much otherwise.So, it's not really good or bad - if you're a fan of the two leading ladies, or just in the mood for some harmless dumb fun, you could do a lot worse. It's certainly better than Salma's previous western WILD WILD WEST. The audio commentary featuring both actresses just riffing on stuff is plenty of fun, too.