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A 2010 film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis.

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An aging Mexican faces off against an aging cheese-fest of an actor, with entertaining results.

  • Apr 16, 2011
*** 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 are coming from a director who is Mexican himself.

Look, dozens of action films get released each year, and nearly all of them are worth skipping. If you want a film that gets the job done, especially when it comes to honest action scenes, then here's your movie. "Machete" is a typical day in the world of Robert Rodriguez; complete with machine guns, Mexicans, and blood, blood, blood. Luckily, this film is well-made and features some damn fine visual editing, and therefore, I do not find it tasteless. But never mind what I think: what do YOU think? I suppose that you could take offense when it comes to this film, although you should know that commentary is not what this film intends to have. It wants to be fun, fast, violent, and funny; and I for one believe that it's all of these things. It does what it wants to do well, and yes, I'd recommend it for that.

The story is simple, and isn't really the focus of the production. The movie itself is about a myth/legend who calls himself "Machete". He's been on the run from many people for many years, specifically after a guy kills his wife. So the tough Mexican wants revenge, yes? Yeah, I'd think he would. You don't just make someone watch you decapitate their wife and expect them to just...you know...forget about it. Even more troublesome is the fact that Machete is not accepted in America, nor is he particularly liked in his native land. In America, he's screwed because a Senator wants all Mexicans out of his country. Machete is kind of pissed at the guy, and when a job just so happens to come up, involving an assassination, he takes the money and delivers some justice. But oh, what's this? Machete is double-crossed, by the man who hired him as an assassin. So Machete wants revenge on two people, as it would appear. And he's made a vow to himself to get it, with the help of a sexy Immigrations and Customs Agent, an equally as beautiful myth/legend who lives the life that Machete lives, and finally, Machete's priest-brother; who is willing to serve some good justice when needed.

This film does do something, in spite of how doggone nonsensical it is. But it's meant to be nonsensical, and it's a shame that quite a few people don't get that. This isn't the perfect action film, nor is it the perfect homage to anything, but if you admire cinephiles-as-filmmakers, then you will enjoy what Rodriguez has cooked up this time. The casting for this film is pitch-perfect, as Danny Trejo makes for a heck of a bad-ass Mexican. There's something that I find charming, awesome, and funny about Trejo, and I laugh every time I so much as see the great man. Then there's the supporting cast, which is genuinely colorful. If you want to see Steven Seagal in an almost self-mocking role, then here's your chance. And hey, if you ever wanted to see Robert DeNiro get shot in the leg by a vengeful Mexican, and you kind of HAVE to admit that you do, then by golly: why pass this film up? I laughed enough, and the action sequences really delivered on the blood and over-the-top ridiculousness. This film knows what it's doing, and it's actually superbly crafted on a technical level. Superb editing and taut cinematography help this movie to be better than it probably has the right to be, and for all its absurd beauty, "Machete" is easy to recommend and damn hard to pass up.

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review by . September 05, 2010
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review by . September 05, 2010
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review by . September 06, 2010
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review by . September 27, 2010
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review by . September 04, 2010
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review by . October 10, 2010
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review by . September 30, 2010
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Quick Tip by . February 09, 2011
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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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