Sunday, September 5, 2010


Starring Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Steven Segal, and Lindsey Lohan

Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis

Release Date September 3, 2010

In 2007, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino collaborated on "Grindhouse", two movies paying homage to 1970s exploitation films. In between Rodriguez's Planet Terror and Tarantino's Death Proof, there were a series of fake trailers made by Tarantino, Rodriguez, and other directors such as Edgar Wright and Rob Zombie. One of those trailers, Rodriguez's Machete, was a fan favorite and soon became the subject to discussions about Machete becoming a full-lenghth feature film. Now, three years later, Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis directed the full-length feature film spun out of a three minute trailer.

Machete Cortez was a hard-nosed federale who had a strict sense of justice and a penchant for knives and blades over guns. Now, he's been defeated by drug-kingpin Torrez and reduced to working as a daylaborer in Austin, Texas. Soon enough, he's been hired by Boothe (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate US Senator John McLaughlin, who is currently running on an anti-immigration campaign all the way to the White House. Eventually, Machete has been set up and begins to start a revolution...

Short on plot but more than enough blood, guts, and bullets, Machete is a fun and exciting action adventure that feels like a contemporary "Mexploitation" film. As per usual, Trejo is an awesome action star and truly shines as the titular character. The rest of the supporting cast (Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Segal, and Cheech Marin) are all fun, entertaining, and enjoyable in this goofy ride through Texas' captial. Unfortunately, not every part is cast correctly: Lindsey Lohan should have not been cast as April, a DRUG ADDICT who spends 80% of her role in the nude (which is obviously a body double so why even bother hiring an actress whose role is mainly given to someone else?) I felt that anyone could have been cast in her part, Lohan is that unnecessary to the plot of the story.

Overall, Machete is a fun, over-the-top action movie that will enthrall fans of Rodriguez and exploitation films.

Rating: * * * * of 5

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