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Machete (2010)

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After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
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Storyline

The highly skilled Federale Machete is hired by some unsavory types to assassinate a senator. But just as he's about to take the shot, he notices someone aiming at him and realizes he's been set up. He barely survives the sniper's bullet, and is soon out for revenge on his former employers, with the reluctant assistance of his brother Cheech Marin, who has become a priest and taken a vow of nonviolence. If you hire him to take out the bad guys, make sure the bad guys aren't you! Written by rmlohner

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If you're going to hire Machete to kill the bad guy, you better make damn sure the bad guy isn't you! See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 September 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Мачете  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,102,888, 5 September 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$26,593,646, 9 December 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,093,316, 9 December 2013
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Trivia

Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin and Don Johnson co-starred in Nash Bridges (1996) and Tin Cup (1996). This is the first time they have worked together since Nash Bridges (1996) ended in 2001. See more »

Goofs

During the shootout at the church, Osiris Amanpour is holding a gun that tends to shoot like an automatic rifle (eg M-16). However this gun is a USAS-12 automatic shotgun with a 10-round-capacity box magazine. You can see shotgun shells ejected while watching in slow motion. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Federale Officer: [in Spanish; subtitled] We're federal agents, not martyrs. This is suicide. She's just another kidnap victim.
[holding up picture]
Federale Officer: What makes her special? Because she's a witness against Torrez? He probably has her locked up, drugged our of her mind. We don't have to do this!
Machete: If not us, then who?
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Crazy Credits

Don Johnson's billing in the opening credits is listed as "and introducing Don Johnson" See more »


Soundtracks

Yo Oigo
Music by Girl in a Coma
Lyrics by Nina Diaz
Performed by Girl in a Coma
Courtesy of Blackheart Records Group
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Machete delivers
3 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This film is what it says it is. Nothing less. And perhaps a little more.

Most of Machete's critics that have given overall negative reviews, have fallen into a trap of their own devices. Machete is an exploitation film and was advertised as such. By definition, and exploitation film will include excessive violence, gore, nudity, and be high on intentional corny lines while low on plot devices and character development. To give low ratings to Machete because of one's distaste for the genre, would be like saying "The Shinning was awful because I don't like horror."

This is one of Rodriguez best films to date, side by side with Sin City (2005). Machete delivers on all accounts of action, gore, nudity, and corny lines. The plot is simple, but honestly, that's how it should be. The thing that sets this apart from other exploitation films is that the acting is top notch. I personally found that the three main female characters to be the most intriguing and diverse.

Jessica Alba plays the part of an ICE agent struggling with her loyalty to her nation and her people. She slowly begins to question her own logic on if people should follow law simply because they are laws. We see this struggle immediately, when she approaches a taco stand (apparently once every week) to by a coffee and lunch, despite her own people feeling from her site. Why does she continue this ritual? She says it is to check the papers of the character Luz, but really it is to try and hold onto a sliver of identity among her people.

Michelle Rodriguez plays said Luz (aka She) as an underground leader of illegal immigration. The character of Luz is a simple woman who believes in not bending to the broken system, but fighting for her people (the mirror image of Alba). "She" is only a myth on which Luz has built a cult following, understanding that sometimes being a myth can do more damage than flesh and blood. By the end of the film, Luz is reborn as the mythical She, just in time for the bloody battle.

Finally, the actress that surprised me the most was Lindsay Lohan. Despite only receiving 10-15 minutes of screen time (most are which she is undressed), she plays her character perfectly and flawlessly. The role seems to be written specifically for her and I applaud her for stepping up and taking on such a mature role. One of her first scenes is a tongue-in-cheek conversation about how she needs to give the people of the internet what they want, and that is more of her. Lohan played the part beautifully (in all aspects) and specks of talent are clearly visible. I hope that filmmakers and audiences (as well as herself) continue to allow her opportunities to showcase that talent.

Machete is an exploitation film at its finest. And, for the most part, if you are the type of cinema attendee who wants to see a movie called Machete in the first place, chances are you will be thoroughly entertained.


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