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Review: “Machete Kills”

Review: “Machete Kills”

Review: “Machete Kills”
October 10
19:58 2013

Cole Clay / Intern


“Machete Kills” is schlocky, politically incorrect and flat out insane. Texas native, Robert Rodriguez (“Sin City”) first gave us a glimpse at the world’s toughest “Federale” in a pseudo-trailer during the 2007 B-movie double feature “Grindhouse”. At first glance, this high concept film might come across as nothing more than shallow exploitation and it is these things to an extent, but that is kind of the point.

Rodriguez ups the ante in the second entry in the series (a third is on it’s way). While it doesn’t have the same level of luster as its predecessor, “Machete Kills” still keeps the R-rated silliness coming full force.

Machete (Danny Trejo) is America’s only hope when he is recruited by President Rathcock (Charlie Sheen) to save us from a ruthless arms dealer. The stakes have never been higher for the vigilante, but he still plays by only one set of rules, his own.

Rodriguez really is underrated among general filmgoers in terms of his creativity and visual style. He has revolutionized filmmaking in the past with films like “Sin City” and “Desperado”. There are only a hand full of filmmakers out there today, such as Quentin Tarantino (“Django Unchained”) and Edgar Wright (“The World’s End”) who celebrate film genre’s in their own work while making it their own.

As for our hero, Machete, he hasn’t changed a lick since the last time he took us on a carnage-filled ride. As Machete Cortez refers to himself in third person he lets us know this in black and white. Machete don’t text. Machete don’t tweet. Machete don’t joke. It’s this pure simplicity that makes his character flat out cartoonishly hilarious.

Machete typically only wields a blade, but don’t let that fool you. As any true silver screen, killing machine will show you, he has a few tricks up his sleeve. Trejo really does possess a great amount of skill as an actor to pull off this role. The best way to describe Trejo as an action star is he is the Mexican version of Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The film is full of cameos and plenty of surprises. Character actor Demian Bichir (“Weeds”) plays an arms dealer named Mendez, who resembles Bugs Bunny with his split personality and buck-teeth. Other notable cameos come from Ms. Monster herself, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas and none other than Charlie Sheen who is credited by his birth name Carlos Estevez.

“Machete Kills” is a heck of a ride from start to finish. The film is a complete farce and Rodriguez really drove that home with this installment. But don’t worry, Machete will grace us with his presence again in “Machete Kills, Again…In Space”.

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