A former member of an all female martial arts assassination squad is ready to retire and start life anew, but not if ex-employer, Bill has anything to do with it. He has her assassinated on her wedding (along with the all guests and the groom). Years latter she wakes from a coma with a katana-sword in her hand and revenge on her mind. Billed as a blackly-comic homage to cult-cinema of the past, the references and come so thick and fast that the movie is practicably made of them, however it won't take an observant viewer, unblinded by fanatical Tarantino fandome, to realize that this is really an homage to QT himself more than anything else. Pretentiously self-indulgent and not much fun as a result. Even the well-renown fight scenes are really mundane at best. Those unfamiliar with the films being referenced will be astonished, but those who grow up on Wuxia epics, samurai dramas and Shaw Bros productions will be left scratching their heads wondering what all the fuss is about. Due to the film's excessive length, it was split into two separate movies for it's theatrical release, resulting in a 'Vol. 2'
Totally Immoral, But You Gotta Luv It!
Reviewed by Lexuses71 for Machete at 2010-09-12 13:16:30
Saw it yesterday, it was off the chain! This is pure Robert Rodriguez at his best. We dug it, especially when Danny Trejo says (deadpan) to Alba "Machete don't text"! Yup, over the top violence, nudity, mean azz characters, but a more interesting plot that I expected. You have to watch this film with a certain 'detachment',knowing full well the 'shock & awe" factor will be high. Really glad at 66 Danny is getting his props. Fits him like a glove. Great cast, Fehey, DiNiro & Johnson were
total pricks & pricelessly chewing scenery. Cheech Marin was a hoot. Michelle Rodriguez was her usual bad azz self (does she ever play non-bad azz types?) looking good. Even Lindsey didn't bother me for a change with
the shot and mostly nude screentime she had. The heck with the reviewers who can't hang, go see this film.
Lushly photographed by Roger Deakins, Andrew Dominik has directed a fine psychological Western meditation on criminal fame and legend. It features career-best performances from Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, as the outlaw Jesse James and his intended assassin Robert Ford. Long, yes, but well worth the time. Where Terence Malick's films are often maddeningly slow and sometimes without much purpose ("New World"), Dominik's film is always watchable and even compelling.
If you're looking for a typical western with lots of action and quick plot development, this movie will disappoint. Andrew Dominik's script and style is like Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, Days of Heaven, The New World), long, ponderous with lots of silences but stunning photography more than makes up for plodding plot. Veteran DP Roger Deakins mans the camera (first cinematographer in Oscar history to be nominated for two films in the same year). Based on an adaptation by the novel by Ron Hansen. Worth watching if you can stand the slow pace. Affleck
This was a movie I would have very much liked to love, but it is so very long and seems to lose its way in the middle. Rather than try to focus & sharpen the film, or try to keep audience's interest by interjecting some action or other distraction, it simply continues to pound away at the psychological drama - just doesn't pull it off. Good storyline, premise and acting, but overall it seems to be wasted potential.