Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Born out of the Grindhouse two-fer in 2007, the splatter gore-fest called Machete was just a between film trailer, but it apparently proved to be so popular that it has spawned two actual films. The first film told the story of how Machete’s entire family was killed and how he got revenge. In this sequel, Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete who, this time around, is recruited by the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen) for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man, but Machete is more than capable of performing the task. He must take down a revolutionary madman (Demian Bichir ) in Mexico as well as an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Gibson) who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.
In the opening sequence our hero, Machete, suffers yet another catastrophic event, the death of his lover, Sartana (Jessica Alba). As they are attempting to take down some U.S. military solders who are attempting to deliver a missile to members of one of the drug cartels. After the blood bath that ensues, the missile and Sartana’s killer disappears and Machete is left holding the bag for the carnage. Only an intervening call by the President saves him from getting his neck stretched by a hang-‘em-high happy sheriff (William Sadler). Once the President manages to convince Machete to take on the assignment, then the real fun starts.
Machete then (forsaking most firearms) relies on his souped-up machete and hacks and slashes his way through all comers and, well, you have to see it to truly believe it. As with the first installment of this franchise (we are treated to a new trailer of Machete Kills in Space) this is a love it or hate it kind of film (and again, we totally love it). As it is un repentant in its over-the-top splaterpunk approach to unnecessary violence. Yep, this is not a film to be taken seriously, just sit back, relax and enjoy it as the blood spray washes over you.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.