Who would have thought
that a fake trailer from the awesome Grindhouse movies by
Rodriguez and Tarantino would spawn a thoroughly entertaining and over
the top B-grade action movie that pays true homage to the exploitation
films of the 70's. This my friends is THAT movie! Starring Danny Trejo,
Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan
and Cheech Marin, the cast of Machete is truly quite stellar but best of
all, the actors involved seem to be having a blast as opposed to there
sometimes more serious roles.
The story follows an
illegal Mexican immigrant (Trejo) who due to a chain of events becomes
an assassin after being setup multiple times. These events were ignited by a drug lord called Torrez (Seagal)
that leads Machete (Trejo) on a glorious killing spree as he guns down
not only the drug lord but also Senator McLaughlin (DeNiro) and a
vigilante by the name of Von (Johnson) who cannot stand Mexicans. Thankfully this left for dead
anti-hero has the help of She (Michelle Rodtriguez), immigration agent
Sartana (Alba) and his brother Padre Cortez (Marin).
Of course things don't
go according to plan for Machete as almost every man and his gun are
after him. Best of all, Machete does not take itself too seriously and
there are plenty of outstanding one liners. At times, Machete is a
social commentary of America (e.g. people smuggling) in relation to Mexican immigrants that does
add a totally unique level to this rather violent action movie.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the fact that this movie has this real B-grade
atmosphere to it and looks quite low budget at times that only enhances
the exploitation aspect of the movie. Just be warned that the violence
is quite graphic at times, especially the copious amounts of blood.
Video, Audio and Special Features
Even though director
Robert Rodriguez mimics the action films of the 70's, the video quality
is quite impressive on Blu-ray with super sharp images, deep blacks and
this great colour palette that has been used to make the film look quite
earthy in an attempt to make it look older than it really is. In terms
of errors or flaws, there is actually some grain in the movie but this
seems to be an attempt to once again pay homage to those films of
yesterday because at times, the dust looks a little over the top.
Audio supports a glorious 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that really
booms through our surround sound system. It's a perfect mix! Add in a
handful of special features and Machete is definitely a must own
Machete is an over the top and truly hilarious yet entertaining
"Grindhouse" movie that contains a rather over the top story but some
impressive cameos, especially by Lohan who really overacts in the film
but is quite charming to watch. The film may have its critics in
terms of what Rodriguez was trying to achieve but you if you enjoyed
Planet Terror or the real exploitation movies of the 70's, you will
definitely enjoy this release.