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Machete should be rated "G" for gratuitous violence, nudity, and profanity... or maybe for Grindhouse, where it came from. It is way over the top -- not as much as Pulp Fiction, but close enough. I think it was not mean to be taken seriously. I was laughing about half way through it. Despite some fairly well-known actors and a skilled director, the script and acting were like a parody of action/revenge films. Even the fine acting skills of Robert De Niro succumbed, although he probably did it on purpose. I honestly think they tried to make a bad movie... casting Lindsay Lohan and Steven Seagal was a clue, and adding Don Johnson just proves it.
The mother of all macho-action-grunt-splosion movies, and if you were expecting something different, I don't know what trailers you've been watching. Easily the most morbidly hilarious film I've ever seen, I was enduring fits of laughter at over-the-top triple decapitations within the first minute and shocked at the kind of material that was eliciting so many belly laughs. It's paper-thin by design, proudly heavy handed and clearly something everyone involved had the time of their lives filming, but the entertainment value does begin to wane by the end of the second act. It may have been more fulfilling as a joke trailer, though I'm sure I'll watch it again when I'm in the mood to shut off my brain and watch some carefree gore.
I really don't know how any "true guy" would not like this movie, its
got beautiful naked girls, outrageous action scenes, violence thats so
over the top its funny and some great actors and actresses to boot.
I've always loved robert rodriguez's work going back to desperado and from dusk til dawn and this is a souped up version of anything he's ever done. Such is the ability of rodriguez, he wove an interesting immigration and political fallout plot into this movie so it wasn't just madcap violence that the viewer saw, there was a point to it all. Can't wait for the next rodriguez offering because this'll be hard to beat
STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning
** Sunday Night * Monday Morning
Mexican Federale Machete (Danny Trejo) embarks on a suicide mission in his native Mexico against drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal), who has bribed every law enforcement agency under the sun. The mission fails, and the fire of vengeance is left burning in Machete's heart when Torrez kills his wife. Years later, he's working as an illegal immigrant in the US, ever under the thumb of Border Patrol cop Sartana (Jessica Alba), until Government Agent Booth (Jeff Fahey) forces him into a corner and assigns him to take out Senator McLoughlin (Robert De Niro), an anti immigrant election candidate who wants to build a giant electric fence to stop Mexicans crossing the border. He goes ahead, but finds himself set up before he can go through with his mission. And when he learns who is helping McLoughlin for funding with his fence, it sets Machete on a double mission of retribution.
Adapted as a film from the very unusual medium of a fake trailer in another film, Machete has proved to be even more of a success than it's inspirational source. Inspired by the Quentin Tarantino started craze of 1970s 'Grindhouse' themed movies currently enjoying a cult appreciation in the theatres, it itself does away with too much of the cackling screen and shoddy film-reeling, and plays like more of a modern, straight up action film, albeit one with more of an intricate story with a bit of depth to it. That said, when the action scenes do come on, they are delivered with the flair and style that's required, including a fantastic finale, with guns blazing everywhere and explosions galore. Aside from this, with Robert Rodriguez as one of the directors, you can be guaranteed a lot of the action will be of the blood letting variety, and there's plenty of that here, including a man's intestines being used by our hero to swing from a building to the ground below!
Some of the cast do better than others. In the main lot, De Niro delivers what is becoming an ever increasingly apathetic performance as the villainous senator, while Fahey as the corrupt agent mumbles relentlessly and delivers all the facial emotion of a dead fish. But the side is saved by Seagal, surprisingly effective in the first villainous role I've seen him in, though his end showdown with Machete isn't the sum of it's parts thanks to him now being far too badly out of shape. But best of all is Trejo as the titular Federale, the meanest Mexicano anti-hero since El Mariachi, in a role he was born to play. That's not to mention a support cast that ranges from the likes of Michelle Rodriguez and Don Johnson to the likes of Lindsay Lohan, which should give you some indication of the quality range on offer.
This enjoyed a fairly hasty exit from UK cinemas, which is a shame, as despite not being an unforgettable action film, it's still one of the better ones to have come out in a while. ***
What began as a director's afterthought has emerged as a full blown action feature. The film is called " Machete " and stars as perhaps an unlikely hero as ever there could be. Danny Trejo is the character and hero 'Machete Cortez' an ex-Federal Mexican cop out to save a captive prisoner and is betrayed by the power behind the Mexican police. Three years later, our hero finds himself working as a day laborer when he is offered a lucrative offer. If he will assassinate a loud mouth U.S. Senator, named John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) he will earn $150,000. Accepting the assignment, Machete poises for the kill when he discovers he has been set-up. It will be a noticeable shocker to American audiences, to see Steven Seagal playing Rogelio Torrez, the heavy in the story. In addition, there is Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin and Don Johnson in unlikely character roles. Lindsay Lohan, Jessica and Michelle Rodriguez are excellent as the feminine Eye-candy of the story. The writer/Director is Robert Rodriguez and he gives free reign to the drama, action and all out explosive scenes which make this story a good candidate to become a classic for all the cast concern. Well worth seeing. Recommended. ****
Robert Rodriguez hits the mark on Machete! This type of video pulp
fiction is my little guilty pleasure. If you like this genre you'll
love this movie.
Just the right of amount of violence and sex and sex and violence. It has a big name cast. And although dial back a bit from the grindhouse series, is just the right amount of "over the top" good and bad guys. (and girls!) Danny Trejo has probably the best tough guy face since Charles Bronson, deservedly and finally gets his chance to shine.
Oh yea and Dark Angel Jessica Alba is steamy as ever and Lindsay Lohan part is gas! Fun Fun Fun movie!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
So said the tag line for the faux GRINDHOUSE trailer than played
between the GRINDHOUSE double features of Quentin Tarintino's boringly
awful, DEATHPROOF & Director Rodriguez's much better made action packed
zombie film PLANET TERROR & guess what? the movie is just as fun as the
faux trailer would have you suggest! In this overly violent, overly
gory, overly fun & overly funny, action/comedy, DANNY TREJO stars as
Machete, out to avenge his wife & daughters murders at the hands of an
evil drug lord TORREZ (Played by STEVEN SEGALL!) Framed for an
attempted murder of a senator (ROBERT DE NIRO) that he didn't commit,
by a cold blooded assistant MICHAEL BOOTH played by JEFF FAHEY, Machete
hunts the ones responsible for making his life a living hell by first
going after them with small machete's & then as the film goes on, by
doing them in with bigger & bigger machete's! Aided by a fellow agent
(JESSICA ALBA) his brother turned priest & Booth's own daughter
(LINDSAY LOHAN) & a slew of others, Machete will not rest until he
takes down the bad guys one body at a time & not necessarily in one
piece either!. MACHETE is a real fun time & is definitely one of
Director Robert Rodriguez's best movies! The film is very well
directed, acted, has plenty of gruesome, inventive & wildly exotic
kills, great action set pieces, stylish direction & stunt work & the
film never once takes itself seriously, as Director Rodriguez & co.
know how silly the plot & concept is & proceed throughout the films
running time to have as much fun with the premise & plot then anyone
had a right to expect. Highly recommended for fans looking for one heck
of a fun action packed movie, but be forewarned, it can get pretty
gruesome at times.
Graphically violent, Fun, and of course Terrible but what do you except from a movie that was made from a fake movie trailer from Grindhouse. The worst mistake you can make is going into this thinking its going to have good characters and plausible storyline because that's the last thing you will get. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and what's not to love. Over the top violence, ridiculous storyline, Steven Seagal playing a Samurai wielding Mexican Cartel Boss with a terrible accent, Lindsay Lohan playing herself (a porn star, crack/cocaine/heroin addict whose the daughter of a wealthy bad guy), and the famous and Fugly Danny Trejo who hardly utters any kind of dialogue but is the first one to seduce Jessica Alba and Michell Rodriguez and save the day all in one. With all that being said, the very loose social commentary it does have on illegal immigrants does remind you of what is going on in the the border states and Robert De Niro plays a great "McCain/Bush" Senator that could really be any far right public office holder in those areas. One of the coolest parts of the film is if you've seen the trailer from Grindhouse, almost every shot that was in that is in the movie. If you want to zone out for 90 minutes, laugh and have fun (and don't mind the extreme violence) I highly recommend this Oscar quality family film. I can't wait for the trilogy finale of Machete Kills and Machete Kills Again...
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I went in to the cinema with no real expectations, and so I was
pleasantly surprised by how entertaining this film was.
The first scene took my breath away and I was hooked from then on.
There were good performances especially from Trejo and fantastic action all the way.
The only gripe I have was that the last 15 minutes was a bit weak compared to the rest of the film.
I'm not sure if I missed something but events started to become random.
However it was still good film overall.
Definitely worth a watch
This was so much fun, and was a typical Robert Rodriguez movie, or a
Tarantino movie in many ways. Strong and funny characters, and in this
movie with a lot of legendary actors. Here you meet Don Johnson, Steven
Seagal, Jeff Fahey and Robert De Niro. All of them are great in this
film. In some way this is like "pulp fiction" or "kill bill" if you
should compare. Or a bit like "El mariachi" that Rodriguez made 18
The ladies in this movie are also something special. Sexy, but also smart and brave. The main character played by Danny Trejo is great. And he use his machete so brilliantly that its hard not too laugh when people are split apart.
This movie does also have some intelligent meaning in the way many see immigrants from Mexico. if you like a movie where you can laugh and have fun, eat popcorn and talk about some scenes after a movie, this is the movie. If you don't like Tarantino or other movies done by Rodriquz this is not a movie you should see. And yes, there is a lot of killing in this movie, but the killings are mostly done in a humorous way.
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