I really didn't know what to expect with Machete. Can you really expand a trailer into a full length movie and have it remain as funny, as action packed, as creative? Robert Rodriguez answers us, "Yes"!
First of all, Danny Trejo is awesome. A machete-wielding vigilante, he has been offered a considerable sum of money to assassinate a corrupt senator (Robert DeNiro). However, it's a double cross! The attempted shooting only boosts the senator's popularity, thus ensuring his election victory.
Machete is not alone. His brother the Padre (Cheech Marin) is a gun-totin' pot-smokin' priest with a determination to right some wrongs. Blood, gore, people's intestines being used as a rope...this movie has everything you were hoping for and some things you weren't. Done in the same campy style as Grindhouse, scratchy film and all, if you're in on the joke you will love Machete. If you don't get it, you never will.
Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, and Steven Segal round out the cast and they were all clearly having a blast. DeNiro especially seems like he was having a great time camping it up with his cheesiest character yet. And then there's the most overrated star of all time, Lindsay Lohan. I'm not sure what she's doing here, except to attract some more viewers who want to see her frolicking around topless. Her role was completely extraneous.
Blu ray bonus features are kind of sparse. A few deleted scenes. I was kind of hoping for another one of Robert's cooking features, they're fun. Ahh well.
5 stars. If you are a fan of this genre, and liked movies such as Grindhouse or Black Dynamite, you will love Machete. If you're looking for glossy Hollywood action, look elsewhere.