Thursday, September 2, 2010

Machete: Movie Review

Usually, you do not get to see a trailer for a movie until after the film has been made and is making it’s marketing rounds. Such is not the case for director Robert Rodiguez’s new film Machete.  Rodriguez created a faux trailer for Machete to be part of 2007’s double feature Grindhouse .  People loved the trailer so much, that the filmmaker gambled on a feature film based on the trailer, and using the same key players from that faux trailer plus adding new ones. 

Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ex-Federale who goes on violent rampage of revenge against the people who hired him to assassinate Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro).  The assassination does not go as planned and now the senator’s right hand (Jeff Fahey) and a ruthless drug dealing pimp (Steven Seagal) are trying to hunt down Machete before they become the hunted. 

Machete also has the aid of a beautiful immigration agent (Jessica Alba) and a sexy revolutionist (Michelle Rodriguez).  We also get a shotgun toting Priest (Cheech Marin).  I always found Michelle Rodriguez’s tough girl attitude pretty hot, but this is by far her sexiest role and she plays it perfectly.

Trejo is amazing as Machete.  I love the way he delivers not only his dismembering moves, but also his lines.  My favorite line in the film has to be “Machete don’t text” when he is asked why he did not send them a text.  It is a classic line.  This film is so extreme.  The gore factor is in high supply but it is played for laughs. 

If you are up for a good laugh and a high body count, I highly recommend Machete.

By: Marc Ferman