Mar 7, 2011

Machete Review

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Machete is the only incorruptible cop left in Mexico and is up against arch nemesis, drug king pin Rogelio Torrez (Steven Seagal). Torrez leaves Machete for dead, but he manages to escape and start a low-profile life in America doing typical illegal immigrant labor-work. Picked at random by a state senator's assistant, Machete is hired to kill the senator (Robert De Niro) as he's making an anti-immigrant public speech. But it's a set-up and Machete is shot by a second shooter, who then clips the senator's knee to make it look like a botched assassination attempt. Now Machete is armed, angry, wronged, and hunted, but he's not backing down from anyone.

The amazing cast really stood out in this film, as well as Robert Rodriguez' unique directing style. There's such a great throwback feel to this movie and it's all incredibly fun satire of action movies. The blood, the violence, the excess,

My Highlights:
Low riders, intestines, Lindsay Lohan in the pool, and Michelle Rodriguez showing up to fight.

Overall Rating:
My one complaint is I thought the ending was kind of choppy and the flow was off by quite a bit. It was as though they had a completely different last thirty minutes of the film which got scrapped by producers forcing them to throw something new together. But other than that, this was an excellent movie. I loved all of it, and Robert Rodriguez reaffirms why he is one of my all-time favorite directors. 4 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 9 1/2 *'s out of 10.

When You Should See It:
Right away! Best action film I've seen in a long, long time. It was funny, it was violent, it was coherent, and it had a great political, culturally relevant message to it. Great for people looking for brainless popcorn action and thinker-action.

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