Director and co-star Hector Molinar's reworking of Mexican wrestling movie conventions, starring the real-life son of Mexican wrestling star Rudolfo Guzman Huerta better known as Santo, The Man in the Silver Mask proves once again that you can't go home again. Santo (Jorge Guzman) always vanquishes his rivals in the wrestling ring and, outside the ring, protects the people of Mexico. After years of altruism, Santo meets his match in a mysterious mute wrestler who goes under the ring name of the Blue Panther. Santo's fans go into shock, but what no-one knows is that Blue Panther has an unfair advantage; he's actually Infraterrestre, a robot from outer space whose creators intend to turn Earth into their playpen. Diminishing Santo's reputation is only part of their master plan, hatched centuries earlier when extra-terrestrials landed in Tijuana. They were only able to survive by remaining miles underground but now, in 2003, the aliens are ready to resurface and conquer the human race. In preparation, they've been kidnapping unfortunate earthlings and subjecting them to ghastly experiments. The Infra-terrestrials snatch some motorists, but their young son, Diego (Turry Linar), gets away. The traumatized Diego is passed from police custody into the care of child psychologist Dr. Diana Golden (Alma Monreal) and after aliens try to steal the child, newly imported Commandant Sarmiento (Luis Felipe Tovar) requests Santo as a guard. But Santo's friends, Captain Del Hierro (Hector Molinar) and Sergeant Miguel Ibarra (Arturo Molinar), who are tight with Santo, have begun to question Sarmiento's plans for rounding up the extraterrestrials. After the aliens grab Diego, Santo leads the police and Dr. Golden on a tour of the underworld, where ghoulish bodyguards stand between him the apparently invincible Infraterrestre? The original Santo was a fixture of Mexican popular cinema throughout the 1960s and '70s but removed from the context of his low-budget, old-fashioned adventures he seems like small potatoes. This film's glorious technicolor and improved production values actually work against the daffy innocence of this nostalgic escapist entertainment.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: NR
- Review: Director and co-star Hector Molinar's reworking of Mexican wrestling movie conventions, starring the real-life son of Mexican wrestling star Rudolfo Guzman Huerta better known as Santo, The Man in the Silver Mask proves once again that you ca… (more)