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Machete (2010)

Released:  Friday, September 3, 2010  
Length:  105 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Studios
Genre: Action/Adventure
Rating: Machete is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaUnder 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

Machete Synopsis

Machete © 20th Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

Machete is based on the fake trailer in Robert Rodriguez's 2007 Grindhouse, featuring Danny Trejo and Jeff Fahey reprising their original roles.

The feature version of the trailer finds Machete (Trejo) a renegade former Mexican Federale, roaming the streets of Texas after a shakedown from drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal). Reluctantly, Machete takes an offer from spin doctor Benz (Fahey) to assassinate McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) a corrupt Senator. Double crossed and on the run Machete braves the odds with the help of Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), a saucy taco slinger, Padre (Cheech Marin) his holy brother, and April (Lindsay Lohan) a socialite with a penchant for guns. All while being tracked by Sartana (Jessica Alba), a sexy ICE agent with a special interest in the blade slinger. 

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Open Road Films Will Bring Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills To T...  10/19/2012 11:29 AM EST
Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to MACHETE KILLS, directed by Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Sin City, Spy Kids franchise) and starring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alexa Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding, Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror and Mel Gibson.  The announcemen...  More>>

Machete Sequel to Star Charlie Sheen as The President  6/22/2012 10:59 AM EST
"Machete 2" is currently under production, and some of the cast may surprise you.  While Rodriguez's first "Machete" film starred the ever-troubled Lindsey Lohan, the next film will feature Charlie Sheen and Mel Gibson. Gibson signed on in April as a "Bond-style villain".  Now, this week, the announcement was made that Sheen will be playing the President of the United States.  He made the followin...  More>>

Machete Blu-ray Review

Machete Blu-ray Review
Back in 2007 a movie called Grindhouse hit the theaters.  It was directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and styled in such a way to bring back that nostalgia feeling of the exploitation drive-in classics from the 1970's.  In between the films, the filmmakers inserted fake trailers. Such was the case for a B-movie trailer, entitled Machete -- featuring Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, and Jeff Fahey.  For the motion picture, Rodriguez rounded out the cast with Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, and Linsay Lohan.
The origins of character Machete actually stem back to the early 1990's when Robert Rodriguez was writing Desperado (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek), but it never felt like the right time to make a feature-length film.  After Grindhouse came out and the trailer gained so much popularity, Robert Rodriguez put the plan into place to make the feature film and use Danny Trejo.  Trejo had actually played the character four times previously in the Spy Kids films, and he has always been Rodriguez's choice for the role.
Machete centers around a former Mexican Federali turned renegade who is illegally in the United States.  Machete is recruited by Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate Senator John McLaughlin (Robert De Niro).  However, not all goes to plan as Machete starts doing what he does best -- Killing.
Filmed in the same B-Movie exploitation style as Grindhouse, Machete does not shy away from violence or nudity.  The film packs quite a body count when Machete is on the loose and might be a bit over the top for some film viewers.  While the story is a bit contrived ,the humor and action never stop in this highly- charged, fun action flick.
While the story and acting is made in such a way to portray a B-movie exploitation film, the cast of actors is most definitely not.  Danny Trejo gives his first leading man performance with the ease of a pro, while the supporting cast gives their all to the story as if it were the most important film they have ever made.
The Blu-ray/Digital Download combo pack is a mixed bag.  The picture itself encoded in the latest mpeg4 AVC codec is superb.  The colors are washed to perfectly match the "B-movie look and feel", and the sound vibrates your home entertainment room in the perfect DTS-HD  5.1 audio master.  However, this is where the Blu-ray copy starts going downhill.
If you are looking for a lot of extras that you are normally accustomed to seeing on a Robert Rodriguez  Blu-ray release, then you will be very disappointed.  Aside from an audience-reaction track -- approximately 10 minutes of deleted scenes -- focusing mostly on Sartana Rivera's (Jessica Alba) twin sister, and a digital download, there is nothing else to the disc.
All-in-all, Machete is a silly, action-packed good time, with some extraordinary acting and directing. However, if you are looking for a deep move, you will have to look somewhere else since "Machete don't do Oscars".


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