Machete

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Action and adventure

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Nov 23 2010

With its Mexican anti-hero Machete (Danny Trejo), its choreographed violence and its crude sexism, this gleefully excessive pastiche of an exploitation picture delivers everything promised by its own faux trailer. That trailer was part of the fake ‘Coming Attractions’ section of co-director Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Grindhouse’ double-bill; this indulgent fanboy vanity project is that cheapskate drive-in movie made real.

So if your idea of a nostalgic good time is a nonstop action-movie featuring a tight-lipped Mexican day-worker (Trejo) turned vigilante killer, a sleazeball Mexican drug lord (Steven Seagal), an opportunist Texan politician (Robert De Niro), his corrupt behind-the-scenes fixer (Jeff Fahey), a racist businessman (Don Johnson), a chilli-hot female immigration agent (Jessica Alba), a fiery freedom fighter who runs a taco stand (Michelle Rodriguez), a gun-toting padre (Cheech Marin) and an avenging angel in a nun’s outfit (Lindsay Lohan), this will toast your enchilada. The problem is that the overcooked plot tries to shoehorn in a political subtext about illegal ‘wetbacks’ and right-wing politicians and businessmen who exploit the racist backlash they incite.

If you can take Rodriguez’s blood-spattered cartoon violence, half-baked politics and adolescently gratuitous nudity, there are some guilty pleasures to be had. Not least the sight of the crater-faced, heavily tattooed character actor Trejo in his first leading role – at the age of 66. He favours machetes, but Trejo’s exiled ex-cop tries to right wrongs – and avenge the murder of his wife and daughter – with just about any weapon, household object, gardening tool or surgical instrument that comes to hand.
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UK release:

Fri Nov 26, 2010

Duration:

105 mins

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michaelauknz

Again Robert Rodriguez makes a classic with his unique style .. he does not need the big names to pull it off just a couple of cameo would do it ...8 /10

long cat

A warm compasionate family film. NOT. actually saturated in gory violence but with a real solid plot with some decent twists. A slice of Mexico/USA 21st Century style. Good acting from Danny Trejo (someone choped wood on his face) Robert DeNiro and sexy Jessica Alba. Well worth a watch.

long cat

A warm compasionate family film. NOT. actually saturated in gory violence but with a real solid plot with some decent twists. A slice of Mexico/USA 21st Century style. Good acting from Danny Trejo (someone choped wood on his face) Robert DeNiro and sexy Jessica Alba. Well worth a watch.

Joseph

An action film that combines the absurd with comedy and it works beautifully against the odds. I look forward to the next two sequels. I hope the actor lives long enough.