Machete Kills – Review

Machete – Doug’s view

Machete Kills is Robert Rodriguez’s sequel to his successful revenge movie Machete, continuing to draw inspiration from 70’s exploitation films.  This time around, it looks like we’ll be enjoying more of Machete (Danny Trejo) in full revenge mode, but the movie quickly turns into a mission movie where Machete is tasked by the President of the United States with saving Washington D.C. from a nuclear missile.  Danny Trejo does his best in the film, with his ever present bad ass look and machismo, but ultimately a bad story, coupled with odd casting choices derails this movie.

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This movie does have the same over the top violence as the original, with blood splattering, limbs flying, and heads popping off as expected, but without the support of a good story or good dialogue the effects come off as pointless – just one over the top effect after the other.  With a character actor like Danny Trejo, this should have been a pure revenge movie with Machete’s red hot hatred for the man who kills his partner driving him to every higher levels of violence.  Instead we bounce from one scene to the next as Machete tries to prevent a nuclear missile from being fired on Washington D.C. by a madman, and subsequently by the crazier madman that was propping up the first madman.

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The supporting cast for the movie includes several names from the original, plus many others.  Charlie Sheen as the President (billed as Carlos Estevez), Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Antonio Banderas, Jessica Alba, Amber Heard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Zoe Saldana, Vanessa Hudgens, Demian Bashir, William Sadler, Alexa Vega, and Lady Gaga do their part to try and make a good movie, but a few appear to be in the film just as a gag, with little benefit.  Mel Gibson has one of the larger supporting roles, and generated one the most memorable moments in the movie, but oddly it was a funny moment.

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Hopefully, if the third movie (in space) is made, Robert Rodriguez will slide back to a revenge style movie.  I didn’t expect an award winning movie, but this movie wasn’t as interesting or shocking as the original.  The problem may be that the novelty of the 70’s style exploitation film has worn off, but a better story, with better dialogue could have made this sequel as good as the original.

Doug gives this movie a C.

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