Most audiences’ first experience with this movie was a few years ago when Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez made their Grindhouse double feature. Between showings of the two movies, Rodriguez made a real trailer for a fake movie (or so we thought) called Machete. This trailer gained such a following that Rodriguez decided to turn this one-shot comical trailer into a full blown film.
Machete follows Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo), an immigrant and former Mexican Federale who is commissioned for an assassination plot to earn some money this side of the border. But things take a turn in this action-packed movie filled with corruption, greed, drugs, and lots of blood. Here’s my review of Machete.
My fear going into Machete was that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. As soon as the first scene ended, my fears melted away. The movie has great over-the-top action, as expected, but the one thing I didn’t expect was how funny the movie is. Yes, I know that the over-the-top action can make everyone laugh out loud because of its absurdity, but this movie has many more out of place comedy lines that caught me off guard and made it an even more enjoyable experience.
However, there are a few problems with Machete. The story has a few continuity issues, although let’s face it, no one is seeing this movie for the compelling and riveting story. Also, certain scenes felt like they were cut and a lot of action was taken out; scenes ended with me feeling unsatisfied. My guess is that they had to remove some shots to keep an R rating. My only other problem with Machete was that it did get somewhat ridiculous with oversized weaponry and a few other silly parts but for the most part this is a solid action movie.
Danny Trejo plays a great revenge character who is serious and in control. Jessica Alba’s character is spunky with a hard exterior and a soft side, the kind of character you would expect her to play in this type of movie. Michelle Rodriguez plays a taco truck operator preparing for a revolution. She is a hard-ass that kicks ass but her character also helps as many people as possible. I honestly have no idea what Lindsay Lohan was doing in this movie, but she wasn’t in there too long, so it’s not worth complaining about. Robert De Niro was great playing a Senator running for reelection. This is a character that he doesn’t normally play, and I found myself wondering if it was actually Robert De Niro. Steven Seagal’s appearance in the film feels like a cameo, and he isn’t in the movie as much as I had expected. Seagal plays one of the several villains in the movie and did it well, but his lack of screen time just never made me hate the character as much as the other villains.
Machete delivers on so many levels. If you are looking for an action movie that you don’t need to take seriously or if you’d like to enjoy top notch action with lots of blood and plenty of hot women, this movie is for you.