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Machete

A 2010 film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis.

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Machete Review (Pre-Release Review, May contain Spoilers)

  • Sep 2, 2010
Rating:
+5

So I managed to watch this for free at an advanced screening (and get lucky seats at the back of the theater. After a few promo giveaways and the film starts... You will probably not blink a single minute of the film...

Here's a backstory to Machete. If you watched Grindhouse and saw the fake trailer, you probably didn't realize that it was gonna be a real movie. Well it is and it follows that similarity from the trailer.

Basically, this film will really keep you glued to the action for the full extent.

Machete (Danny Trejo) is a Mexican Federal officer out to hunt a Drug Lord (Steven Seagal) and things went pretty 180 in the beginning. Fast forward 3 years into the story and that's where the action begins. Machete is setup to do an assassination and is double crossed. Thus Machete is on his quest to bring down the people who double crossed him.

The supporting actors perform really well in the film. I mean... Machete gets the girls... even Lindsay Lohan. This film has some X-Rated content not suitable for children (not quite enough actually). But basically remind yourself of Swordfish and Halle Berry's scene and extend the length. Robert DeNiro acting as a Texan was quite intriguing to be honest. Cheech Marin as a priest also provides the laughs for his screen time.

As for the action, this film is all action less talking, tons of explosions and machete chopping madness. It is his signature weapon for all I can care. The film maintains that Grindhouse color feel (Death Proof type filming).

Also, the film has a bit of meaning to it. It's essentially a big middle finger message to the recent immigration laws.

To sum it up... Machete = it's worth the price of watching. completely over the top action...
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September 04, 2010
While my disagreement with its "message" of condoning illegal immigration means nothing in this silly context, I did wonder why Trejo seemed to have about 5 lines total. Shades of Clint or else the makers figured it's easier to market this, as they are, to a bilingual market! The projections around SoCal chart high among Latinos for this flick.
 
September 04, 2010
I didn't even realize that Quentin Tarantino was involved in a new movie, but this sounds RAD! And very cool that you got to see a pre-screening of it. Thanks for sharing!
September 04, 2010
It's actually Robert Rodriguez who made it, Tarantino was only involved with the fake trailer during Grindhouse
September 04, 2010
It's actually Robert Rodriguez who made it, Tarantino was only involved with the fake trailer during Grindhouse
September 04, 2010
Oh, thanks for the heads up! Robert Rodriguez is way cool, too!
 
September 02, 2010
YEAH! I've been waiting with baited breath for the onslaught of "Machete" reviews.
 
September 02, 2010
I skimmed through your review because I need to see this tomorrow. Thank you for posting an advance review on a potentially hot movie topic! Nice work!
 
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review by . September 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
MACHETE Kills and Kills Again...But Machete Doesn't
Those who remember the “Grindhouse Double-feature” in 2007 directed by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez may remember the fake trailer called “Machete”. Well, what began as a mere gimmick has been adapted to a full-length motion picture and may be the film that makes 66 year-old Danny Trejo into a new star. Rodriguez’s latest film isn’t pretentious, it is a tribute to the ‘grind house films’ in the 70’s with loads of action, violence and …
review by . April 16, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
*** out of ****     Born of a fake trailer and made by the original craftsman, Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" has finally, and recently, released. Before you start reading my two cents on this thing, let me tell you this: read all kinds of reviews for this movie. Some will like it; some will love it; and some will just plain despise it. This is a tasteless, violent, and potentially offensive film that may come off as racist and stereotypical to some, but then again, both things …
review by . September 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
In 2007 when Grindhouse was released there was a mock trailer for a film called Machete that played.  Apparently Robert Rodriguez liked the idea so much he decided to make it a full blown movie.  This is exactly what you're getting.  If you saw Grindhouse in 2007 (all four of you) then you should know what you're getting.  The movie is crazy violent.  It's over-the-top... it's wholly implausible and makes about as much sense as a mouse eating an elephant.  …
review by . September 06, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
¡NINGUNA DELICADEZA EN ABSOLUTO!!!!
As this movie starts, you know subtlety is not it's strong point if a point at all.  Danny Trejo and some sidekick are cops who are being warned not to go after a kidnapped girl in a drug lord's house.  Trejo ignores this command by crushing the radio with his hand.  Going full speed in some decepit looking sedan, and heres where this movie shows off that deficency in subtlety.  Storming the house by ramming the car through the front, three guards with automatic rifles …
review by . September 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
   There was a film last year that I appreciated quite a bit that was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which didn’t quite make fun of the action genre in the same way Robert Rodriquez’s Machete does, but in the same way both films incorporate a tone in the violence, a sheer thrill and recklessness of what blade is going where, who’s firing what gun, and what 66 year old former prisoner is riding an explosion …
review by . September 04, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
There's no question that Robert Rodriguez's MACHETE is a lot of "guilty pleasure" fun. There's a visceral pleasure to be had from a guy as outstandingly scary looking as Danny Trejo wielding a machete and severing heads and limbs, disemboweling bad guys and general leaving a trail of carnage in his wake.     All of these things were promised in the fake trailer for MACHETE which was presented prior to the start of GRINDHOUSE, the wonderfully crazy experience crafted by Rodriguez …
review by . October 10, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I KNOW I AM LATE WITH THIS BUT.......
      MACHETE      As any one who knows me can tell you I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan and a huge Robert Rodriguez fan, so naturally I love their work. This film being another Grindhouse type film especially since it was based on a trailer for that film is really fun. Any one who does not like violence, naked women, and violence should stay away. Also add in that I am a huge Steven Seagal fan and that this film was filmed here in Austin Texas, you know …
review by . September 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Having seen Grindhouse, I remember seeing a funny trailer for a movie called Machete.  I am not sure how the actual movie came about: whether this was an actual trailer or Rodriguez decided to make it due to positive comments on the trailer.  Anyway, I had been trying to find time to see this and I just saw it today in an empty theater.  I could not understand why since this film is one of the best action films I have seen in a long time!      …
Quick Tip by . February 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
No one makes a sleazy, fun, action-packed grindhouse homage quite like Robert Rodriguez and this film is perhaps his best film since "Desperado". Certainly not for the queasy or for people concerned with political correctness, "Machete" delivers on explosive action, edgy humor, some cheap thrills, and lots of gore. This is the kind of film that if taken seriously could be considered not only as offensive due to its exploitative depictions of violence and sex, but it comes off …
Quick Tip by . January 09, 2011
I give MACHETE a single star, and that's mostly b/c I can enjoy a quality B flick as much as the next cinophile. Mostly, I thought the film needed a few more weeks at the writer's desk before they put it before the cameras; clearly, it was a rushed production hoping to capitalize on the political arguments regarding legal and illegal immigration, and there's nothing wrong with that. After the first 20 minutes (or so), the film finally settles into its over-the-top farcical tone, and, from that point …
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Machete is a 2010 action horror film, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. The film stars Danny Trejo in his first lead role as the title character. The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Cheech Marin, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Robert DeNiro, Jeff Fahey, and Cheryl Chin. The film is an expansion of a fake trailer Rodriguez directed for the 2007 film Grindhouse and centers around the character of Machete Cortez, who previously appeared as the uncle of the protagonists in the Spy Kids films. Filmed in autumn 2009, the film was released in the United States on September 3, 2010 by 20th Century Fox.
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Genre: Action, Crime
Release Date: September 3, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Robert Rodriguez
Studio: 20th Century Fox, Overnight Productions, Hyde Park Entertainment, Troublemaker Studios
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