Robert Rodriguez directs a script by Quentin Tarantino, who also costars. About halfway through, this 1996 crime thriller turns into a gory vampire bloodbath a la The Evil Dead; the result is better than Rodriguez's Desperado, but there's a similar feeling of disassociation among the various elements. Harvey Keitel plays a former minister who's recently lost his faith; he and his two kids (Juliette Lewis and Ernest Liu) are taken hostage by brother robbers (George Clooney and Tarantino) fleeing for the Mexican border. On a mindless exploitation level this is pretty good, but on other levels it seems to make promises that it fails to deliver on; none of the deaths carries any moral weight, and the climactic special-effects free-for-all tends to drown out all other interests. But if your critical horizons are low and you're in a nasty mood, you probably won't be bored. With Cheech Marin (in three separate roles), Salma Hayek, Tom Savini, and John Saxon.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Producer: Lawrence Bender, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Meir Teper and Gianni Nunnari
Cast: Harvey Keitel, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette Lewis, Cheech Marin, Fred Williamson, Salma Hayek, Marc Lawrence, Michael Parks, Kelly Preston, Tom Savini, John Saxon, Danny Trejo, Ernest Liu and John Hawkes