The grindhouse genre made a huge comeback when Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up for 2007s Grindhouse. While most people just didn’t get it, those that did recognized the brilliance of it all. One of the most standout features included a fake trailer for Machete that spun off into its own hit film in 2010. As promised at the end of the original film Machete has returned for the next chapter of the blade wielding Mexican you do not “F” with in Machete Kills and along with it an impressive cast of new and old faces, but does it live up to the fun of the first or was it just a fluke?
Machete Kills follows Machete who is recruited by the President to battle his way through Mexico to take down an arms dealer looking to launch a weapon into space to destroy the world. While the first film was a blast, this one knocks it out of the park stepping it up in every way possible. Not only does Rodriguez bring the expected over the top action and gore, but he steps into the world of sci-fi cheese to make this film bigger and better than ever. The film sports and impressive cast bringing this knife wielding gun toting action to glorious life including returning cast Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba, Billy Blair, Tom Savini and of course Danny Trejo as Machete himself. In addition they bring more new additions than you can imagine to the cast including Demian Bichir, Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen aka Carlos Estevez, Lady Gaga, and of course Mel Gibson who steals the show who is clearly having a great time and gives one of his most entertaining performances to date. Trejo steps back into the role he was born to play and clearly is having a great time along with everyone else in the cast. One newcomer to the series is Marko Zaror, a Chilean martial artist who most may not know yet from his cool flicks like Mandrill, gets to be more front and center with some great action and is fans should watch out for. For the first half of this film it seems to have a bit more story and action than the first but still keeping the same tone, but the climax shifts to an over the top science fiction film that makes all more glorious fun. This movie is ridiculous on almost every level and works perfectly. Rodriguez is having a great time making the movie he wants to make and leaving the standard Hollywood vibe out of it which is a good thing.
There is no shortage of action and blood splattery goodness that fans expect from Machete, but this one just felt way bigger and better as long as you get the joke. There are a couple of fun perfect Star Wars homages as well as a nod to Once Upon A Time in Mexico that helps what is already a great sequel to just be even more entertaining. This is the perfect follow up to Machete not only upping the ante, but allowing us to see where this character is heading and we all know it’s to kill someone. Much like the previous film this one promises the previously mentioned sequel that if they live up to what it promises is sure to be amazingly fun. Clearly there are only select groups that will get these films and will most likely be the only ones that check it out, but rest assured this is an awesome piece of grindhouse cinema and hopefully just scratching the surface of the adventures of Machete.