Movie Review: Machete Kills
Prinz Lee wrote this review 3 years and 4 months ago
Machete Kills is exactly what Machete Kills should be: Abnormal, violent, sexy, over-the-top, comedic, dumb, bizarre, goofy, dark & psychotic!
In collaboration with Quentin Tarantino back with 2007’s double feature, Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez directed a fierce fake trailer that introduced the world to “Machete” (Danny Trejo) – a knife-wielding hero who pretty much serves as anyone’s worst nightmare when fucked with. Forward to 2010, an in-depth self-titled feature took the movie-loving community by storm, leaving a grimy, rough, spicy impression! Considering some eye-brow-raising stiffs, the film was a lot of fun to watch and turned out pretty successful. Followed by a positive reaction and the obvious hints of sequels prior to end-credits, the visceral hero is back to fight the good fight in Machete Kills.
This time around, ex-Federale agent Machete is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission that would be impossible for any mortal man. With a set of unbreakable cojones, he agrees to the mission that entails taking down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet!
The bizarre world and characters created by Rodriguez continues right where it left off, only this time around it seems like the idea was writing in as much action-based abnormalities, along side an even bigger cast of heavy-hitters. Rodriguez’s approach is purely based on fun and making this unexpected franchise go places where one wouldn’t expect. Even though the first was crazy, what the sequel lacks is the structured layout presented in 2010’s Machete. Machete Kills seems to be a mash-up of the most ridiculous ideas creatively connecting to psychotically enhance that fast-paced, crude, viciousness we all tend to enjoy, but deny. It doesn’t really suffer considering we all know the style and attitude of the filmmaker, so, its insane-in-the-membrane display is quite a thrill-ride. How thrilling? Well, let’s say this sequel gives you a glance where he plans on taking the obvious third. Which honestly speaking might be even more bizarre than its two predecessors!
Running parallel to its over-the-top violence comes the cast. Although sprinkled with lots of stars introduced in unique ways only Rodriguez would think of, oddly enough the most surprising of all for me had to be Mel Gibson. Here’s a guy that’s been in the shit-house for quite some time for obvious reasons, but it’s so sick to know that as much of an asshole this man may be, he’s one talented son-of-a-bitch! His nutty real-life persona fits so well with films like this. And let me tell you, as the character “Voz,” Gibson was so smooth and suave, it’s pretty freaky to watch this man own it.
Now as much fun as Machete Kills may be, it wears itself down at times with obvious overkill one-liners—one of the most had to be the famous “Machete don’t…” quotes which have become quite a phenomenon based on internet memes. I totally get it’s part of what and who Machete is, but less IS indeed more. There are also some predictabilities and one or two rip-offs from the first, but it’s Rodriguez’s touch on what’s considered his baby, so, no argument there. This is a man that’s taken Danny Trejo – a long time character actor – and made him into a star. One that’s unusual and lots of fun to watch…
The end result for Machete Kills is a good one. It’s not going to win any awards and garner much positive feedback from tight-ass critics across the country, but fuck it. This is a film that’s not made for anyone else other than its intended audience. One that thrives on in-your-face craziness from any angle it comes from, while patiently awaiting another Rodriguez sequel – Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014).
Grade: B / Genre: Action, Adventure, and Sequel / Rated: R / Run Time: 1 Hr. 45 Min.
Starring: Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen (a/k/a Carlos Estevez), Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demain Bichir, Alexa Vega, Mel Gibson, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Walton Goggins, Vanessa Hudgens
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez