Perdita Durango This is a great film that combines themes of love, loyalty, honour and revenge into a darkly comic road movie that grips your attention from the start and doesnt let go until the final scene.

Rosie Perez plays the dangerously sexy Perdita Durango, a woman still haunted by the shooting of her family when she was young. She meets Santeria priest and all round criminal, Romeo Dolorossa (Bardem, playing a character who manages to combine graverober, bankrobber, gunrunner and drugrunner before the film has started!). Together, they cross the US/Mexican border. Although considering Dolorossas Santeria beliefs to be nonsense, Durango is turned on by watching a ritual and convinces Dolorossa to go further.

Durango and Dolorossa procede to embark on an increasingly violent cross-border crime spree while events and characters around them steadily close in, building to an inevitable but well executed climax.

Rosie Perez In some ways Perdita Durango tries to follow the same themes of honour and vengeance that are familliar from the Heroic Bloodshed films that Kong Kong directors John Woo and Ringo Lam are so good at. Dolorossa, especially, has a clear if perverse sense of honour and turns quickly to violence and murder to defend it. Where the film differs, however, is in the way that Dolorossa is generally not the person seeking revenge, but the villain against whom revenge is sought - sometimes through his own actions, at other times because of events of which he is unaware.

Also, the supporting cast are superb. The two-dimensional teenagers, Duane and Estelle who become victims of Durango and Dolorossa suffer a barrage of violence and abuse, but because their characters are stereotyped to the point of not being particuarly believable, this abuse can be and often is played for laughs. The accident-prone survivor of a DEA agent, Woody Dumas (Gandolfini) receives a battering that is normally not seen outside of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons. And his mechanically dull partner Doyle (Cox) is a joy to watch.

Javier BardemOn the face of it, this film has no likeable characters and a black humour that is often sick. But Durango and Dolorossa are treated sympathetically and their characters do develop as the film progresses. You do find yourself caring what happens and, at the end of the day, thats what matters. Watch this film with an open mind, you wont regret it.