Let's say straight away that this is not a great film, but then if you look at the DVD cover and the casting of Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek together, this should come as no great surprise. If you accept this from the off then the movie does offer some decent popcorn munching entertainmet. Set in the 1850s the two girls play Mexican companeros who join forces to redress the murderous activities of a ruthless American land baron. These latter day Robin Hood's steal from the banks in order to help the poor. Throw in a bit of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", and much film of the leading ladies decolletage and you have yourself a film. Miss Cruz wins the battle of the cleavage by a whisker! Given these facts it is no surprise the film has gained a cult following.
The screenplay is written by that talented devourer of comic books Luc Besson, who gives the film a distinct comic book flavour. It is a French, Mexican, American co-production filmed in that haven for westerns Durango, Mexico and in Mexico city itself. Salma Hayek is Mexican by birth so plays her role with ease. Penelope Cruz, who is a fine actress, just has some fun in a role that requires little effort on her part. The appearance of two of modern cinemas most beautiful women together is certainly a casting coup by any stretch of the imagination. Akin to getting Raquel Welch and Sophia Loren together a few years back. Dwight Yoakam is a memorable baddie, and Sam Shephard who's made a few westerns has a cameo appearance to try and give the film some street cred. Forget the plot, and just enjoy the action infused with some hit and miss humour. The girls have a memorable cat fight and there is plenty of gun blazing action. Like a home made chocolate brownie it is a guilty pleasure that I enjoyed more than I should have.