Movie Review: Machete (2010)

Starring: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez

Directed by: Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis

After being set up by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas senator re-running for election, Machete, a former federale unleashes a rampage on those responsible for the crimes against him.

Machete is the type of movie that I’m always intrigued by but never commit to watching. I know before watching that it’s going to be a car crash of a movie but that’s part of the reason why people like these types of movies. It’s not dissimilar to the Sharknado series where you know the story is going to be horrible and the acting too but you simply can’t avert your eyes and must watch the entirety of the film. After a lot of should I shouldn’t I going back and forth in my mind it was time to see what Machete has to offer.

Machete boasts an incredibly star studded cast which features the likes of Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Shea Wingham, Steven Seagal and of course Danny Trejo who plays title character Machete. Trejo is an actor who is quite literally everywhere, it’s truly incredible when you scroll through his IMDb filmography to see just how many movies and TV shows he has been a part of over the years. Usually he’s used in a cameo or supporting role, very rare he’s the star of the show but Machete is a movie that is different to the norm for Trejo. As a lead he was very good but this is a role that he so often plays, a tough Mexican badass who simply doesn’t give up. In this movie he was a man of very few words and allowed his actions do all of his talking for him and that was a very effective way to add to the myth and mystique of Machete and when he did speak he was to the point and at times quite amusing.

This movie is best described as brilliantly awful, a movie that doesn’t take itself seriously so why should we as an audience. This film is filled with brutal deaths and a captivating use of weaponry by Machete and has its fair share of laughs too. While there were a whole heap of flaws within the movie, the majority of them are purposely done which just keeps your eyes glued to the screen as you can’t help but be entertained. The one element of the movie I really didn’t like was the inclusion of Steven Seagal as Mexican drug lord Torrez. I really do not enjoy watching Steven Seagal in any movie except perhaps Under Siege and the more current the movie the worse he is. Once upon a time he may have been a legit badass but nowadays he just looked ludicrous and doesn’t look menacing enough to play a drug lord.

In conclusion, Machete was silly, flawed but extremely entertaining. It’s a movie that is not to be taken seriously so just sit back and enjoy the ride. Both Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez shine in a stacked cast which is only let down by Steven Seagal.

7/10

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