Rodriguez based his exuberant exploitation feature on the fake trailer filmed for 2007's "Grindhouse." The perfectly cast Trejo plays the title character, a former Mexican Federale, who is doublecrossed over a staged assassination attempt on corrupt, anti-immigration Senator McLaughlin (De Niro). So Machete wields his blades, and any other convenient weapon, in revenge.
What works hysterically in a two-minute fake preview does not necessarily translate to a feature film. Such is the lesson learned from Robert Rodriguez's disappointing Machete, an action orgy that definitely has a few funny scenes and cleverly-executed concepts but simply wears out its welcome with repetition and general stupidity. ...Read More
Totally Immoral, But You Gotta Luv It! Lexuses71 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.