He looked like just another day laborer from the streets, and the perfect fall guy for a crooked political assassination. But he turned out to be MACHETE, a legendary ex-Federale with a deadly attitude and the skills to match.
Great vintage style OTT action! Lots of weapons, explosions, women and comedy lines!
A must for any fan of Grindhouse cinema, and obviously the likes of Death Proof, Planet Terror etc...
Could do a lot worse than spending £6 on this gem!!
First things first, I happen to be a major fan of the grindhouse movement which started in the late 50s and almost reached an end during the 90s. So imagine my surprise and joy when both Tarantino and Rodriguez (two of my all-time favorite directors) announced they would revive the genre by making a double feature movie titled "Grindhouse"; but when the actual movie(s) was released it left so much to be desired. However, the best thing about grindhouse was the awesome collection of fake trailers. One of which was a fake trailer for Machete.
Machete works so well as a 2 minute trailer as it features everything exploitive we love about grindhouse and the reaction from the audience was so good that the makers decided to make a full-fledged 100 minute long feature. Initially I thought it was a big mistake, I felt the makers should leave the trailer alone but fortunately I am glad they didn't.
Machete works even better as a full feature film, as it is one hell of a ride. It is actually even better than both "planet terror" and "death proof" combined. Rodriguez rectifies everything that went wrong with grindhouse and simply delivers an amazing exploitation flick. It has Blades, Blood, Babes, Guns, Gore, G-strings, Racism, Humor and Nudity.etc. And that's all you should care about. Yet the makers went even further and introduced an interesting plot. Wow now that's one demented package.
It so good seeing all the actors in Machete having so much fun and blast in their roles and that includes Robert De Niro, who received some hysterical laughs towards the climax. Though, I guess the best thing about the flick was seeing Danny Trejo in a Lead Role slicing, dicing, gunning, shooting, decapitating, swinging, and bedding his way throughout this gore fest.
I really had so much fun watching this movie and I am not the only one. One of the special features on the blu-ray disc is the "audience reaction track" and after hearing you'd realize how muhc fun the audiences had during the movie. I can't recommend this movie enough. While I know it isn't family friendly, it truly deserves to be in the collection of anyone who considers themselves Grindhouse fans.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. A bad-ass, star-studded action-thriller from Robert Rodriguez (Desperado), Machete is an over-the-top homage to 1970's exploitation movies, starring Danny Trejo as a Mexican Federale seeking revenge against a vicious drug lord (Steven Seagal), a ruthless vigilante (Don Johnson) and a power-mad politician (Robert De Niro). He is helped by a savvy immigration agent (Jessica Alba), revolutionary She (Michelle Rodriguez) and by his brother, a priest (Cheech Marin), and finds solace with a drug addict (Lindsay Lohan) along the way. Viva Machete!
Robert Rodriguez writes and directs this highly stylised, ultra-violent, revenge thriller inspired by the grindhouse movies of the 1970s. Danny Trejo stars as Machete, a renegade former Mexican Federale who, having escaped the clutches of notorious Mexican drug baron Torrez (Steven Seagal), now roams the streets of Texas delivering his own unique brand of justice to the greedy and corrupt. Robert De Niro, Cheech Marin, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan co-star.