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.
An Amusing, if occasionally absurd, movie that tackles the thorny issue of immigration on the Texas-Mexico border. Writer / co-director Robert Rodriguez reunites with second cousin and long time collaborator Danny Trejo ('From Dusk Till Dawn') as the film's eponymous hero. 'Machete' is a sprawling, sun scorched action-adventure painted on a comic book canvas with plenty of good ideas and held together by Rodriguez's skill to cohesively draw in themes from all over the place: For 'Machete' is part political satire, part modern Western and, in a nod to its origins as a Grindhouse trailer, an OTT Mexploitation B-movie.
Danny Trejo knows the character like the tattoos on the back of his hand, and has essentially been playing him for over a decade. Here; Machete vows revenge on the criminal cartel that wiped out his family and begins a vendetta against their pudgy, self-absorbed cliché of a mob boss; played with tongue-in-cheek humor by Steven Segal. Machete's mission takes him into the murky underworld of illegal immigration, American racism and revolutionary politics. Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez provide some Latina eye candy as a sellout immigration officer and freedom fighter respectively whilst Don Johnson and Robert DeNiro play the racist, militant-political embodiment of 'The Man'.
Executed with sledgehammer subtly and balls-to-the-wall verve; 'Machete' makes for an entertaining, fast paced and often hilarious ride. And though it's not on a par with my favorite Rodriguez movie; 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico', is still a good watch if you're in the mood. Viva la revolucion!
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.
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.