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Zorro sequel may be better than first one
By Jim Asher
Thursday February 9, 2006
The first Zorro movie was a fine film but sequels usually aren't quite as good as the originals, right? Well, this sequel, "The Legend of Zorro," may be better!
It has everything the first Zorro had (action, adventure, drama, romance, comedy) but even more of it, in each category. The new Legend of Zorro is now available for home viewing on DVD and video.
The new movie has the same stars as last time, Antonio Banderas as Alejandro de la Vega; and Catherine Zeta-Jones as Elena, his wife. Alejandro is, of course, secretly Zorro.
The plot: It's California, 1850. The rich and their hired outlaws are mistreating the poor. The people depend on Zorro, a masked swordsman who goes about righting wrongs. He is called into action by church bells that the priest rings.
But Alejandro and Elena have been married some time and have a son, Joaquin (Adrian Alonso), about eight. Elena has supported Alejandro's activities as Zorro, but now she wants him to spend more time with the family.
Soon, Elena can't take any more and files for divorce. Enter Count Armand (Rufus Sewell), who begins courting Elena.
However, there's more here than meets the eye: Armand has connections with Orbis Unum, a secret organization bent on world control, and the government has asked Elena to spy on him.
But Alejandro doesn't know this, and he's jealous! The scenes where Alejandro and Armand express their rivalry are some of the best in the movie.
Meanwhile, Joaquin is confused and losing confidence in his father.
Throughout the story, Armand's hired thug McGivens (Nick Chinlund) challenges Zorro in ways that call for the hero to put forth super-human effort to stop him. The action stunts are spectacular, including a daredevil horseback escape from a burning barn and swinging from an exploding train.
Armand and the evil outfit have got hold of a powerful explosive. Can they stop California's bid to become a state? Can Zorro defeat Armand and win back Elena and Joaquin?
The plot seems simple but the movie is put together so believably that it can be very enjoyable to both adults and kids.
The Legend of Zorro was directed by Martin Campbell. It is two hours and six minutes long and rated PG.
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