|Cast: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Savini, Shea Whigham|
Director(s): Robert Rodriguez
Genre: Action / Disaster
Holy hell this is entertaining! Loads of fun with an entirely tongue-in-cheek film, done up retro-exploitation style, much like the faux-trailer in 'Grindhouse' promised. It's just sheer violence and bloodshed, hammy acting (but with good actors), guns n' knives n' splatter, gratuitous bewbes, a fat Steven Seagal seemingly enjoying himself as the bad guy for once, dry cool wit one-liners, over-the-top stunts & killings, and probably about 20 spoken lines total for star Danny Trejo, who let's his knives do the talking for the most part. As much as you have to suspend your disbelief throughout, the most improbable aspect would have to be the fact that an ugly, greasy, scuzz like Machete easily beds Alba, Rodriguez, and Lohan (amongst others). Watching any woman (especially a hot one like Alba) make out with Trejo is a little disturbing, but hey, more power to him I guess. Seagal is usually one to take himself WAY too seriously, even though he's past his prime and does mostly direct to DVD stuff now, so it's nice to see him goof around with his role, particularly his hilarious death scene. This is way better than 'The Expendables' or any other adrenaline fare that's come out recently. As the end credits role, there is the promise that Machete will return in 'Machete Kills' and 'Machete Kills Again', which I hear Rodriguez seriously wants to make into sequels. I'm all in for that! I'm also looking forward to another faux-trailer-coming-to-the-screen from Grindhouse: 'Hobo With A Shotgun' slated for 2011 and starring Rutger Hauer. Seriously. Woo-hoo!
fantastic. I really enjoyed this. Loads of fun (if you don't take it too seriously).
Here's an example of a GOOD Plont film for Manos. Enjoyed by all (my third viewing), and had everyone saying "Ma-CHET-ay!" for the remainder of the evening, which then transformed into "Ma-JEFF-ay!" and "Mitch-CHET-ay!".
It WAS a GREAT Plont-y film and did fill the quotient of bewbes that was sorely missing for the evening...I LURVED it's tongue-in-cheek hommage to 70's/80's sensationlist action films and didn't pull any punches...went STRAIGHT for the intestinesm so to speak - literally and figuratively (seemed to be a night of disembowelling).
HOWEVER, I think I had built this up in my mind too much as a "MUST SEE" and while it WAS excellent - I stop short of giving it 4-stars. WHY? Dunno...it just didn't make me go "WOW!"
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