Let's talk Danny Trejo.
When he was younger Trejo had a troubled past. He started out as a thug, committing various crimes, being addicted to drugs, and going from jail to jail. However, things changed. He became a better person, entered a twelve step program, and cleaned up his act. In 1985, things got interesting. While he was working as a youth drug counselor, a teenage patient asked for assistance with cocaine problems on the set of Runaway Train. While there, he was asked to be a boxing coach for lead actor Eric Roberts, and even got the role of Eric's opponent. From there, Trejo's acting career began, and the roles kept coming.
Now that we've talked about Trejo's history, let me talk about my opinion on him as an actor and person. To put it simply, I think he's great. Not only is he a personal favorite actor of mine, but he seems like a really nice and humble guy who loves his fans.
As for the movie itself, I love it. After years of playing the drug dealer or side character, Trejo gets a leading role, and damn is he good. He has a natural presence and Machete himself is a very interesting character. The supporting cast also does a great job, and I especially love Cheech Marin as the gun-toting preacher.
The film also has some clear things to say about immigration and border nuts, and does so while being smart and not overly preachy.
Finally, the gore. It is grindhouse in every sense of the word and I love it. The practical effects work wonders and boy is it not for the squeamish. However, if you're a gorehound like me there is a lot to love.
All in all, this film isn't for everyone, but if this sounds like your kind of film I highly recommend it.
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