Machete: Movie Review
Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff
Fahey, Lindsay Lohan, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Cheech Marin, Robert deNiro
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Spun off from a fake trailer housed inside the Grindhouse films from a couple
of years back, Machete is a bloody, gory, violent, funny exploitation pic.
The rugged craggy, scar-faced Trejo plays Machete, a Federal agent who's
betrayed at the start of the film by Torrez (Seagal), because Machete won't do
the honourable thing and take a bribe.
But that's not enough for Torrez - he slaughters Machete's family in front of
Vowing revenge, Machete (somehow - and unsurprisingly) escapes and is seen
three years later working at a the US border with Mexico, doing whatever he can
to get by.
However, Jeff Fahey's bearded Booth one day offers him $150,000 to shoot
Senator McLaughlin (De Niro), who's campaigning on the re-election trail under
the ticket of shutting down the Mexican border and getting rid of the illegal
Things get worse for Machete when he's betrayed by Booth and finds himself on
the run from the would-be assassins and Jessica Alba's Agent Sartana - can he
clear his name and save the day?
Ok, you're not going to go to Machete for indepth dialogue, devastating
discussion about immigration and deep characterisation - on the contrary, this
is a film developed from a fake trailer in the Grindhouse films from the likes
of Tarantino and Rodriguez.
It's sleazy, it's violent, it's exploitative - and above all, it's just a
good night out for the lads.
The pulpy feel of the film is set before the opening credits have even begun:
with a sneering Trejo, Machete is a killing machine, using a 360-degree spin to
massacre and behead a room full of bad guys; the opening says it all.
But it's also funny - it's clearly from a team who understand and deeply love
the genre. There's no sign of parody and Trejo gives it a deep intensity and his
all to a character who says little, apart from lines such as "Machete don't
All of the supporting cast are good and are clearly relishing their roles,
and Rodriguez has done a frenetic job of editing the whole thing together within
the confines of the genre, and with some great sound effects, it's a bloody mess
(in the best possible way.) Add in a blistering soundtrack and you've got the
makings of a good time out.
Don't expect much out of Machete - head to it after a few drinks and with
some of the lads; that way you'll have a blast.