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Trained to kill. Left for dead. Back for more.
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The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Danny Trejo ... Machete

Mel Gibson ... Voz

Demian Bichir ... Mendez

Amber Heard ... Miss San Antonio

Michelle Rodriguez ... Luz

Sofía Vergara ... Desdemona

Charlie Sheen ... Mr. President (as Carlos Estevez)

Lady Gaga ... La Camaleón

Antonio Banderas ... El Camaleón 4

Walton Goggins ... El Cameleón 1 (as Walt Goggins)

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... El Camaleón 2

Vanessa Hudgens ... Cereza

Alexa PenaVega ... KillJoy (as Alexa Vega)

Marko Zaror ... Zaror

Tom Savini ... Osiris Amanapur

William Sadler ... Sheriff Doakes

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Chepo

Callie Hernandez ... Space Babe

Billy Blair ... Billy Blair

Samuel Davis ... Clebourne
Jason Christopher ... Lieutenant Brass
David C. Heard ... Doctor Villachez
Carlos Rodriguez ... Messenger
Juan Zuani ... Radio Announcer

Emmy Robbin ... Pris

Jimmy Gonzales ... Man in Bondage

Pablo Bracho ... Bartender Carlos

Ashley Wood ... Male Tourist

Patricia Vonne ... Female Tourist

Vincent Fuentes ... Cabrito Cook
Rick Delgado ... Police Captain
Daniel Arellano ... Elderly Attendant

Elle LaMont ... Dollface
Eduardo Renteria ... Doctor Goodbar
Pablo Esparza ... Grasa
Bobby Tamayo ... Stuttering Tito

Felix Sabates ... Doc Felix

Jorge A. Jimenez ... Dying Cartel GUy (as Jorge Jimenez)

Alejandro Antonio ... Boss of Mendez

Sam Medina ... Cartel Leader

Crystal Martinez ... Wife of Mendez

Electra Avellan ... Nurse Mona
Elise Avellan ... Nurse Lisa

Marci Madison ... Nurse Fine

Corey Burton ... Trailer Voice Guy (voice)
Elon Musk ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Aguirre ... Local Police (uncredited)

Jessica Alba ... Sartana (uncredited)

Edgar Arreola ... Esteban (uncredited)

Bruce Campbell ... Mendez Guerilla (uncredited)

Jesse Campos ... Network Server (uncredited)

Don Daro ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Eric Vincent Davenport ... Network Member (uncredited)

John Paul DeJoria ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William Driver ... Mendez Guerilla (uncredited)
Maria Engler ... Lady D Girl (uncredited)

Heaven Elizabeth Fearn ... Miss Amarillo (uncredited)

Rebecca Franchione ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Carlos Funes ... Mendez Guerilla (uncredited)
Orlando Gallegos ... Mendez Guerrilla (uncredited)

Mike Gassaway ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)
Sophia Hoang ... Miss Houston (uncredited)

Jesse James ... President's Bodyguard (uncredited)
Jacob Kilgore ... Mendez Guerilla (uncredited)
Irvin Lewis ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Jennie Lieber ... Secret Service Agent (uncredited)

Rip Lowe ... Cardiologist (uncredited)
Johnny Lozano ... Mendez Guerrilla (uncredited)

Cheech Marin ... Padre (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dan Murphy ... Department of Homeland Security Agent (uncredited)

Blake Newcomb ... Miss Laredo (uncredited)

J.J. Perry ... Voz's Henchman (uncredited)
Shahab Pierre ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Alin Gabriel Pop ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
George Renteria ... Hitman Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)

Scott A. Stevens ... Network Member (uncredited)

Daniel Zubiate ... Voz Tech Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Rodriguez 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Kyle Ward (screenplay)

Robert Rodriguez (story) &
Marcel Rodriguez (story)

Produced by
Douglas Aarniokoski .... co-producer
Alfonso Barragan Jr. .... executive producer
Marina Bespalov .... associate producer
Sergei Bespalov .... producer
Terry Dougas .... executive producer
Sam Englebardt .... executive producer
Jere Hausfater .... executive producer
William D. Johnson .... executive producer
Aaron Kaufman .... producer
Paris Kasidokostas Latsis .... executive producer
Mark C. Manuel .... executive producer
Iliana Nikolic .... producer
Tom Proper .... co-producer
Alexander Rodnyansky .... producer
Robert Rodriguez .... producer
Rick Schwartz .... producer
Boris Teterev .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Robert Rodriguez 
Carl Thiel 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Rodriguez 
 
Film Editing by
Rebecca Rodriguez 
Robert Rodriguez 
 
Production Design by
Caylah Eddleblute 
Steve Joyner 
 
Set Decoration by
David Hack 
 
Costume Design by
Nina Proctor 
 
Makeup Department
Doug Field .... special makeup effects artist
Grady Holder .... art department: K.N.B. EFX Group
Meredith Johns .... key special makeup effects artist
Gabriel Solana .... makeup artist
Charles Yusko .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Tom Proper .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanessa Gaitan .... second second assistant director
A.J. Ledesma .... additional second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jeff B. Adams Jr. .... set designer
Paul Alix .... 3d modeler
Steve Allen .... propmaker
Marc Baird .... storyboard artist
Edward J. Borasch Jr. .... property master
Bart Brown .... set decoration buyer
Marcia Bruscato-Poss .... construction buyer
Chris Clayton .... on-set dresser
Tim Dingle .... scenic sign painter
Ken Gaston-Kilgore .... set dresser
Mark Hanks .... leadman
Taylor Kondelis .... art department production assistant
Jennifer Long .... set dec buyer
Will Martin .... set dresser
Elizabeth McClellan .... props p.a.
Mike McCutchen .... art department coordinator
Ivan Page .... construction
Ken Parsons .... buyer
Jonathan Shaffer .... props
Kurt Volk .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Clark Crawford .... sound designer
Clark Crawford .... sound effects editor
Brad Engleking .... sound re-recording mixer
Brad Engleking .... supervising sound editor
Paula Fairfield .... sound designer
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
Catherine Harper .... foley artist
David Jobe .... foley mixer
T.J. Larson .... post sound assistant
Jason Manzano .... additional sound utility
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Angelo Palazzo .... sound designer
Stuart Provine .... sound effects editor
Tim Rakoczy .... supervising sound editor
Tom Sturgis .... boom operator
 
Special Effects by
Zachariah Briggs .... special effects technician
Robert Brown .... special effects technician
Scott Garcia .... special effects crew
Meredith Johns .... key special effects makeup
Joe Montenegro .... special effects coordinator
Carrin Welch .... special effects buyer
 
Visual Effects by
Heather Abels .... matte painter: Rhythm & Hues
Praveen Allu .... digital compositor
Murali Anagani .... pipeline technical director
Saurabh Arora .... compositing
Charles Arulraj .... compositor: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Jeff Atherton .... visual effects producer: Hydraulx
Derek Babchishin .... senior animator
Bakiyaraj .... matte painter: prime focus
Scott Balkcom .... digital compositor
Michael Balzer .... digital compositor
Giorgio Bertolone .... senior rigger
Giorgio Bertolone .... technical director
Vishal Bhardwaj .... digital compositor
Himanshu Bhatia .... r&d programmer: hydraulx
Bhargava Boini .... digital compositor
Varun Bondwal .... pipeline technical director
Cody Brunty .... visual effects artist
Nicolas Cadorette Vigneau .... digital compositor (as Nicolas Cadorette)
Abhishek Chaturvedi .... roto and paint artist: Rhythm and Hues
Hitesh Chikate .... rigging technical director: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Hitesh Chikate .... tech animator: Rhythm & Hues Studios
Nolan Conrad .... compositor
Joshua Cordes .... visual effects: Hydraulx
Jessica Cuff .... production assistant: Hydraulx VFX
Shome Dasgupta .... Head of Production
Danish Davis .... digital compositor
Andrew Dela Cruz .... visual effects supervisor
Santosh Kumar Dey .... matchmove artist: rhythm & hues studios
Ujwal W. Dhankute .... digital compositor
Dylan Dunford .... data operations
Claire Duthie .... digital compositor
Claire Duthie .... roto artist
Pauline Duvall .... sequence supervisor: Rhythm & Hues
Justin Ferk .... visual effects artist
Ginesh Gandhi .... digital compositor
Justin Gladden .... visual effects producer
Richard Gordoa .... visual effects artist
Goutham .... sequence coordinator
James Greig .... visual effects coordinator
Adam Gritt .... senior software developer: Prime Focus Film
Chris Haney .... pipeline supervisor
Anthony Harris .... color supervisor
Connie Hendrix .... production accountant: Prime Focus
Aaron Herrera .... matchmove artist: Hydraulx
Tia Hoshizaki .... digital compositor
Neeraj Ingle .... digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues
Rajeev Jeganathan .... roto/prep artist: Rhythm and Hues Studios
Janet Jensen .... compositor
Janet Jensen .... on-set visual effects coordinator
Case Johnson .... digital compositor
Case Johnson .... on-set visual effects assistant
Case Johnson .... visual effects production manager
Sam Johnston .... digital compositor
Kishor Joshi .... visual effects artist
Kamalakkannan .... digital compositor
Vivek Karmarkar .... digital compositor
Karthikeyan Karuppasamy .... digital compositor (as Karthikeyan K)
Dushyant Kashyap .... pipeline td
Darpan Kataria .... digital compositor
Bhavani Kishore .... roto/prep artist
Marc Kolbe .... visual effects consultant
Aditya Kolli .... visual effects compositor
Jai Krishnaswamy .... compositor
Mukesh Kumar .... sequence supervisor
Jooyong Lee .... inferno/flame compositor: Hydraulx
Sun Lee .... senior matte painter: Hydraulx
Erwan Leroy .... compositor
Joseph Li .... compositor
Rajavel Loganathan .... digital compositor
Juan David Lopez .... lead compositor
Joaquin Ludewig .... visual effects artist
Rajendra Maharana .... lead prep artist
Zachary Mallett .... visual effects coordinator
Mika Margolles .... visual effects artist
Zack Mazerolle .... visual effects editor
Yves McCrae .... visual effects production assistant
Mare McIntosh .... cgi coordinator: Hydraulx VFX
David Michaels .... character rigging supervisor
Brad Montesi .... visual effects assistant
Zeke Morales .... visual effects editor
Elena Musacchia .... production assistant
Karthick Muthukumar .... compositor
Ram Mohan Nadam Reddy .... digital compositor
Chun Seong Ng .... modeling supervisor: Hydraulx Vancouver
Denise O'Neill .... 2d coordinator: Hydraulx VFX
Chris Olivia .... visual development
Matt Pearson .... fx artist
Jeff Penick .... visual effects artist
Abbigail Ponek .... digital producer
Khatal Prajakta .... digital compositor
Ryan Prestridge .... lead matte painting technical director: Rhythm and Hues
Richard Pring .... head of editorial: Prime Focus
Vamshi Ramasagaram .... digital compositor
Sanjeevi Rangan .... pipeline technical director
Srinivasan Ranganathan .... visual effects artist
Vijay Bharath Reddy .... compositor
Tyagi Reetuj .... Compositing Lead
Tyagi Reetuj .... digital compositor
Andre Rios .... visual effects artist
Stephen Robertson .... digital compositor
Robert Rodriguez .... visual effects executive producer
Sandy Romero .... visual effects artist
Krystal Sae Eua .... modeling supervisor: Hydraulx
Kevin Sheldon Saldanha .... visual effects coordinator
David Santoyo .... digital intermediate data operator
Arnab Sanyal .... Lead Compositor
Anik Seguin .... visual effects editor
Seshaprasad .... head of digital production: Rhythm & Hues Studios Asia
Jimit Shah .... roto lead
Shikhar Sharma .... cg modeler
Raman Siddharthan .... digital compositor
Mark Simone .... visual effects producer: rhythm & hues
Travis Smith .... visual effects editor
Michael Smith-Kennard .... visual effects lead: Prime Focus
Seshadri Srinidhi .... character rigging technical director
Jeff Stanislawski .... visual effects artist
Dale Stelly .... data i/o
Radhakrishnan Sundararaj .... digital compositor
Mohite Suraj .... digital compositor
Josh Sutherland .... visual effects editor: hydraulx
Sean Talarico .... rotoscope paint artist
Will Telford .... digital effects supervisor
Nicholas Theisen .... digital imaging specialist
Joel Thompson .... visual effects editor
Narayana Murthy Tirunagari .... prep artist
Alex Toader .... visual effects supervisor
John Vanderbeck .... compositing td
Udaya Vel .... prelighting technical director
Gopalarathinam Viswanathan .... matchmove lead: Primefocus India
Robert A. Willis .... senior compositor
Mark Edward Wright .... visual effects editor: Hydraulx (as Mark Wright)
Donmill Yip .... visual effects artist
Yogita Narsian .... visual effects coordinator
Michael Zavala .... 2D production manager: Hydraulx
Mithun Jacob Alex .... compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Kelly Bellini .... stunts
Brian Brown .... stunt driver
Brian Brown .... utility stunts
Troy Brown .... stunt coordinator
Stacey Carino .... Stunt Double: Amber Heard
Mark Chavarria .... stunt performer
Laurence Chavez .... stunts
Chad Dashnaw .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunt coordinator
Nicholas Dashnaw .... stunt performer
Paul Eliopoulos .... stunt performer
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunt performer
Jessica Harbeck .... stunts
Daniel Hernandez .... stunts
Michelle R. Kendall .... stunt double: Sofia Vergara
Diana R. Lupo .... stunts
Hans Marrero .... stunts
Tim Mattfeld .... utility stunts
Norman Mora .... stunt double: Danny Trejo
J.J. Perry .... stunts
Freddie Poole .... stunts
Dana Reed .... stunt player
Rudy Reyes .... stunts
Immanuel Salas .... stunts
Jeff Schwan .... utility stunts
Christopher M. Campos .... stunts (uncredited)
Jesse Campos .... stunts (uncredited)
Carlos Funes .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Aaron II .... additional photography
Roger Basquette .... hd video assist operator
Carlos Benavides .... electrician
Rich Bond .... best boy rigging grip
Amanda Bruce Parker .... digital utility
Scott Cremeens .... rigging electrician
Eric Cunningham .... best boy rigging electric
Adam Dinihanian .... additional electrician
Wes Dixon .... additional electrician
Roger Eickenroht .... rigging electric
Neil Fraser .... dolly grip
Jason Griego .... d.i.t. assistant
Matt Harshbarger .... steadicam
Adrian Hattingh .... digital loader
Chip Huntington .... grip
Dan Jackson .... d.i.t.
Jordan Boston Jones .... additional second assistant camera
Joseph Kentspeth .... grip
Sean Maxwell .... camera operator
Sean Maxwell .... director of photography: second unit
Sean Maxwell .... second unit: cinematographer
Daniel McGarvey Jr. .... dimmer board operator
Jason McKnight .... electrician
Raul Mello .... rigging gaffer
P.K. Munson .... camera operator
Brian Nelligan .... additional digital utility
Clayton Null .... grip
Eric Pickett .... additional electrician
Balint Pinczehelyi .... grip
Chad Lear Plunkett .... rigging grip
Ashley Riggs .... electrician
Adam Drew Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Ferrell A. Shinnick .... key grip
Ross Skrudland .... camera: additional footage
Louis Smith .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Rico Torres .... still photographer
Steve Urban .... rigging grip
Sebastian Vega .... assistant camera: a camera
Andrew Dallas .... rigging grip (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Balaji Anbalagan .... animator
 
Casting Department
Angela Burns .... casting assistant
Angela Burns .... extras casting coordinator
Lacey Gordon .... casting assistant
Lacey Gordon .... extras casting assistant
Kirstie Renae .... extras casting
Lupe Trejo .... casting assistant
Lupe Trejo .... extras casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephany Baskin .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Noel Albornoz .... digital intermediate color assist
Gregg Garvin .... colorist home video
Vahe Giragol .... digital intermediate editor
Daniel Hawley .... digital intermediate coordinator
T.J. Larson .... editorial assistant
Natasha Leonnet .... digital intermediate colorist
Jay Mahavier .... digital conform editor
Jay Mahavier .... first assistant editor
Neelkanth Mapara .... dailies editor
Dan Muscarella .... lab timer
Ian Silverstein .... additional editor
Girish Takle .... dailies editor
 
Music Department
Robert Rodriguez .... music producer
Carl Thiel .... music mixer
Carl Thiel .... music producer
 
Transportation Department
Ronald D. Chambers .... transportation coordinator (as Ronnie D. Chambers)
Mark Crosby .... driver: hair & make up
Bobby Sconci .... transportation captain
Russell E. Scott .... picture car coordinator
Steven Willhoite .... production van driver operator
 
Other crew
Tony Aaron II .... promo director
John Arszyla .... additional medic
Jose Barajas .... production assistant
Mark Behar .... production assistant
Beatrice Bellino .... script supervisor
Greg Bernstein .... legal services
Jessica Bradley .... assistant: Aaron Kaufman
Jessica Bradley .... assistant: Iliana Nikolic
Jessica Bradley .... post production coordinator
Joe Canik .... set production assistant
Stephanie Rae Capizzo .... office production assistant
Travis Carr .... additional production assistant
Peggy Chen .... first assistant accountant
Andy Cockrum .... additional footage
Andy Cockrum .... non linear digital assistant
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance
John P. Crowley .... location manager
April Crump .... payroll accountant
Michael Armand Crupi .... production assistant
Michael Armand Crupi .... staff production assistant
John Darren .... utility stand-in
Kevin Dartt .... legal counsel
Kevin Dartt .... studio manager
Glenda Delgado .... assistant: Robert Rodriguez
Christopher Dufau .... key set production assistant
Cabil Gibbs .... picture double
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Nixon D. Guerrero .... assistant studio manager: Troublemaker Studios
Nathaniel Holt .... stand-in
Chris M. Jackson .... production coordinator: additional photography
Bavand Karim .... extra
Michelle R. Kendall .... stand in: Sofia Vergara
Adam Kenitzer .... production assistant
Kristi Kyle .... office production assistant: addition photography
Bryan Lane .... stand-in: Antonio Banderas
Rip Lowe .... photo double (as Ripley Lowe)
Lora Marshall .... second assistant accountant
Eric Min .... Executive Vice President: International Sales
Jennifer Mosley .... assistant production coordinator
C.J. Neels .... set production assistant
Erin Moody Pargas .... assistant to Robert Rodriguez
Erin Moody Pargas .... unit publicist
Rudy Reyes .... personal trainer: Robert Rodriguez
Breck Robinson .... location production assistant (as Jefferson B Robinson)
Molly Scott .... production secretary
Tyler J. Smith .... armorer
Tyler J. Smith .... armorer
Cynthia Streit .... production coordinator
Amber Taylor .... account executive
Carlos Valenzuela-Durr .... utility stand-in
Kurt Volk .... title designer
Steve White .... assistant location manager
Dana Wilkey .... product placement
Daniel Zubiate .... stand-in: Marko Zaror
Mariah Breitel Hembree .... post script services (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Álvaro Rodríguez .... special thanks
 

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Rated R For strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content
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Trivia:
The film mocks the Star Wars films. Voz is a fan of Star Wars and drives a landspeeder (with wheels) and Voz dons a mask when his face is burnt by Machete's flamethrower and are seen engaged in a lightsaber duel in the fake trailer "Machete Kills Again... In Space".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Voz puts on the "Iron" mask, it is clearly just a part that will cover the face. (He's putting it on towards his face.) But in the next second it appears to be more like a helmet that completely covers the whole head which would have been impossible to be put on the way he did before.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Lieutenant Brass:Where the fuck are they?
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Movie Connections:
References Dredd (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Insane and Awesome; a Perfect MACHETE Film, 16 June 2014
Author: brando647 from Spring Hill, FL

How did MACHETE KILLS bomb so badly? Anyone who went into the original MACHETE, developed from a faux trailer created for the Rodriguez/Tarantino GRINDHOUSE collaboration, and felt that the movie didn't quite live up to their expectations should've found everything they could possibly want in the sequel. All of the insanity that the first movie was missing is here and cranked up to maximum setting. MACHETE KILLS is not about quality filmmaking or themes or character arcs; it's about Machete. Anyone expecting more probably didn't know what they were walking into. MACHETE KILLS is the first of two sequels implied in the closing credits of the first film. As the movie begins, Machete Cortez is partnered with INS agent Sartana Rivera (Jessica Alba, returning to the role) and the two are finishing a military- grade weapons sale bust when the arrival of a team of mysterious masked men leaves the mission in shambles and Machete in the custody of the corrupt local law. A well- timed phone call from the President of the United States saves him from the gallows and puts him on a mission into Mexico to assassinate drug cartel boss Marcos Mendez (Demian Bichir) who's got a nuclear weapon pointed at Washington, D.C. Machete will face a team of vengeful prostitutes as beautiful as they are deadly, an assassin who can assume any identity, and an army of specially trained clones in his most dangerous assignment yet in which the fate of the entire world is in his hands.

If this movie were any more buggin' insane, you'd need antipsychotics just to watch it; based on the horrible reviews it's received, some people probably already believe you'd need them to suffer a single moment of the film. With the second film in a hopeful trilogy, Robert Rodriguez is free to do what he chooses without limitations established by a faux trailer to which he needed to conform. He also drops most of the grindhouse pretense, ditching all the post production effects to scratch the "film" and such, while maintaining the spirit of the genre in the execution. There's plenty of scene-chewing performances and over-the-top violence while story and character development remain slim to none. Danny Trejo is precisely what you expect and Machete hasn't exactly grown as a character since we last saw him. At best, he's softened a bit and seems to have some sort of…relationship (?)…with Sartana at the start of the film. Otherwise he's still the same scowling brute and man of few words. Don't come here expecting our hero to grow over the course of this mission. He's not here for an arc. He's here to gut some bad dudes. But Machete is Machete and you know exactly what to expect when you watch his movies. MACHETE KILLS delivers a hundred times over and, if I had any major complaint, it would be that Rodriguez relies on CG for most of the violence. Pretty much every instance of gore (and even muzzle flashes) are done with CG and it can be really distracting. The first action sequence, Machete and Sartana against some cartel thugs in the desert, has an almost amateur feel at first because the effects are so glaringly computer effects and all I could picture were poor actors all thugged out in the desert pretending their guns are recoiling while making "pew-pew" sounds in their heads.

By far, my favorite part of MACHETE KILLS that solidified itself as some of the best fun I had that summer in the theater was the science fiction turn the film takes in the second half of the film. Admittedly, I was worried before I saw the movie because all of the synopses for the film were pretty simple and uninteresting. What they failed to mention (and what a fantastic surprise for me) was that this movie is essentially a two-part tale that transitions into the promised MACHETE KILLS IN SPACE. The first half of the movie is all about Machete's mission to Mexico and his journey to bring cartel/rebel leader Mendez across the border. Already, this movie was more fun than I expected. Demian Bichir is so great as Mendez. He embraces the film's insane nature and goes nuts as the duel-personality villain, shifting between psychotic cartel boss and sympathetic rebel leader at the drop of a dime. Then the film takes a drastic turn when Machete meets the true villain, Voz (Mel Gibson). Crazy Mel Gibson is the best Mel Gibson. Voz is a villain of 007 proportions with a master plan to repopulate the world with a master race and a talent for seeing the future. Literally. He invites Machete to join his little venture aboard his orbital space station and receives the expected response: brutal violence.

Robert Rodriguez went full crazy with MACHETE KILLS and it made me so much more excited for a finale…in space. With a supporting cast including Sofia Vergara (as a super hot brothel owner), Cuba Gooding Jr. (remember him?), Antonio Banderas (because it's a Robert Rodriguez movie), Charlie Sheen (as the President of the United States because duh), Amber Heard, and Lady Gaga as well as returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez and Tom Savini, this movie is loaded with people having a total blast. It's the best sort of cheese and anyone who didn't find this movie awesome probably wasn't in the market for a movie like MACHETE KILLS anyway.

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