Empire Online
P R E S E N T S  T H E

Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

The 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | Previous Character The 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | Next Character
Desperado
DIRECTED BY ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
RELEASED: 1995

Why's it so good? In a surprisingly flammable Mexican town, Antonio Banderas stepped in the Mariachi's shoes and proved he was a Hollywood star, oozing charisma and no small helping of sex appeal while proving that he can play guitar, romance Salma Hayek and blow bad guys away all at once.

Desperado Desperado
How does it stack up to the original? You can argue that it's less of a sequel and more of a retread, but Desperado certainly outdoes its predecessor in every way. Banderas is that rarest of things, a recasting that works, and the action's delightfully over-the-top (bass-case rocket launcher? Yes!). Added to which, the script has a wit and zing that too many later Rodriguez films have lacked.

Glaring error: Given that this one was so much fun, how come Once Upon A Time In Mexico wasn't? The best thing about that was CIA Agent Sands' (Johnny Depp) T-shirt which said "CIA" in huge letters.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 30 MONTHS


50494847464544434241403938373635343332313029282726
25242322212019181716151413121110987654321

Advertisement