Cert: 18 Runtime: 105 mins Director: Robert Rodriguez Cast: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba
They just fucked with the wrong Mexican
It all started with a spoof trailer for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double feature. Robert Rodriguez decided to create the feature length version of Machete by demand from his fans.Starring the swarthy, craggy-faced, instantly recognisable Danny Trejo in his first lead role an the eponymous Mexican ex-cop who flees to the US after he is betrayed, Machete soon finds himself on the run again. When he is crossed for a second time by the boss of an organisation that hires him to assassinate racist Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), the tough renegade (named after his weapon of choice for dispatching bad guys) vows revenge.Getting himself mixed up with a militant group headed up by tough Mexican cook Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), as well as glamorous immigration investigator Sartana Rivera (Jessica Alba), he secures the assistance of his religious brother Padre Cortez (Cheech Marin) and uncovers some nefarious dealings. He then shines a light on socio-political issues, marking himself out as a proper ladies man and kick-ass tough guy along the way.
Firstly for such a small budget movie it has such an amazing cast, it’s really good to see A-list celebrities venturing into such a risky film. It is a great homage to 70’s movies with the twist of Rodriguez’s Mexiplotation theme. Trejo isn’t your typical leading man but my god I think he could take of Liam Neeson in Taken. If you can use a man’s intestines to swing out of a hospital window you are a bad ass in my eyes. I would advise anyone watching Machete it really makes you laugh, it is utterly bloody and violent but any B-Movie nut would know that violence is the key to it’s success and good looking ladies (Jessica Alba & Michelle Rodriguez). Blood, Violence, Nudity, Women, Machete, Crazy Priests…..GIVE IT A GO