Verdict: 1.5 / 5
It must be terrible to wake up with a wonderful idea for a project, only to discover that about a hundred other people have done it already, to a better extent than you can imagine. Most people would probably put their efforts into thinking of something new at this point, but you have to admire the creative team behind El Gringo, who didn’t let such inconveniences stop them, and who almost certainly had a large expense account focused only on renting and viewing everything from Once Upon a Time in Mexico to The Good The Bad and the Ugly.
After a deal gone wrong, “The Man” (and oh how it sickens me to write that, how terribly uncreative it is) wanders into Mexico with a bloody past and sack full of cash. Finding himself stuck in a small town, he clashes with local law enforcement who are probably corrupt wusses anyway, and certainly not as big and manly as he is. He also attracts the attention of the underworld, who understandably also wants a large sack of cash. “The Man” also finds time to have sex with women, because that sort of thing happens a lot, naturally. Shooting occurs at many points. In fact the DVD box itself almost directly states the only reason to watch this movie is for the gunfights, which are pretty ho hum even themselves.
If this movie had done one thing outside of the box I could have respected it. If they had made the main character gay for instance, anything like that, make him a women; have him act exactly the same, do exactly the same things, but just do one thing to break away from this disgusting parody of the masculinity you find in this sort of movie, I could have respected it. As it is, it gives us nothing by viewing it.