Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.
In 1850--against the backdrop of political unrest, as the scheming Jacob McGivens tries to stop California from joining the Union--the mysterious black-caped masked swordsman, Alejandro de la Vega, aka Zorro, finds himself in an unavoidable predicament. Having spent almost a decade protecting his people and fighting injustice, Alejandro's wife, Elena, insists that he gives up the black mask, and become a true father to their eight-year-old son, Joaquin. However, when Elena leaves him for the French count, Armand, it becomes evident that the conceited aristocrat is up to no good. Can Zorro, the legendary defender of the innocent, save both his marriage and the country?Written by
The locomotive used on the train at the end was not actually capable of moving under its own power. The illusion of it pulling the train was created by alternately using an out-of-vision diesel locomotive to pull or push, a bluescreen set up next to the steam locomotive with passing scenery added later, or an about 1/8 scale operable model of the train. See more »
A version of the California State 'Bear' flag is seen flying at the Statehood ceremony being held on the tracks that wouldn't be adopted until 1911. See more »
Antonio Banderas is appropriately magnificent as Zorro along with gorgeous heroine Catherine Zeta-Jones
This inferior sequel is a lavish swashbuckler starred by Zorro, as a dashing masked avenger; again Banderas dons a black outfit and becomes the Zorro riding in the hoofprints. This is a zesty recounting of saga of legendary masked rider , though not as distinctive as previous entry, Zorro faces danger from marauding Pinkerton officials as well as corrupt villain. Rufus Sewell as an elegant French villain and leader of knights of Aragon. After numerous setbacks the hero and his lovely heroine, a wonderful Catherine Zeta-Jones, help the good people of California thwart the greedy schemes of a meanie who stands in the way of statehood for the territory. The nimble actor Banderas runs and jumps all over the images of this movie, as he deals with the oppressor with a breathtaking finale over a train and wreak havoc included.
In the first Zorro(1998) Antonio Banderas took a chance and jumped from comedy-action to costumed comedy-adventures; and this following he repeats relishing his secret identity with cape and sword; executing bounds and leaps, twists and climbs and throughly enjoys himself. A great casting and an unstopped action keep this picture moving at a rapid clip. Banderas made the character of Zorro his own and quickly established himself as a Latin legend. Antonio Banderas is terrific as the Zorro, well accompanied by ideal heroine, a beautiful Zeta-Jones. Nice secondary cast, such as Shuler Hensley, overacting outrageously as the villain, and repeating actors as Tony Amendola and Pedro Armendariz Jr. Furthermore, overwhelming swordplay and horse action and displays too much of everything. Evocative musical score by James Horner and colorful cinematography by Philippe Rousselot. Another version about this known character created by Johnston McCulley are the following : The mute classic adaptation ¨Mark of Zorro¨(1920, Fred Niblo, with Douglas Fairbanks), the classic ¨Mark of Zorro¨(1940, Robert Mamoulian with Tyrone Power), ¨The mask of Zorro¨(1998, Martin Campbell with Banderas) and European version ¨Zorro¨(1975, Duccio Tessari with Alain Delon).
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