At his side contnuing his fight for justice and the law is Jessica Alba as Sartana. They find themselves embroiled in a plot involving a revolutionary mad man, Mendez (Demian Bichir) who wants to start a cataclysmic event between Mexico and the United States that could lead to an all out war .
Mr. Bichir’s character known as Mad Mendez for his unexpected transition in persona as either the revolutionist willing to die for his country to a man doing all the killing. Mendez and Machete find that they more in common with each other than they realize.
Machete finds his life at the hands of Sheriff Doakes (William Sadler) before he's pardoned by the President of the United States. Only in "Machete Kills" would Charlie Sheen, credited as Carlos Estevez, play the head of states as he calls upon Machete to serve his new country and stop Mendez, the former drug cartel kingpin, before he strikes the U.S.
Helping him in his pursuit of Mendez is Amber Heard, under the guise of Miss San Antonio, playing the role of part bombshell part weapons expert, who serves as his contact and intel as he venture into Mexico.
In Mexico, he crosses the path of the madam of a brothel Desdemona (Sophia Vergara) who is just one of the many those after Machete. Also joining in the pursuit is an assassin, El Camaleón, who is able to alter their outward appearance is cleverly portrayed by different well-known stars..
In order to stop the attack against the U.S., Machete needs to get Mendez across the border which is no easy task crossing the desert terrain and scaling the Great Wall of the United States. Director Robert Rodriguez returns to the issue of illegal immigration briefly after expanding upon it in the first "Machete" film.
Another subject explored is the power and influences of the drug cartel upon the country and its people as a bounty is placed upon Mendez who Machete has to keep alive at all costs.
Those influenced by money fall under its power as they ignore justice and the law as Machete has to become the unstoppable killing machine throughout the film finding new ways of showcasing the casualties.
Even Machete knows that he’s going to needs help and meets up with Luz (Michelle Rodriguez) from the first film who continues to lead the underground network of helping those crossing the border into the States.
The first installment of the film played off the Mexican exploitation genre to showcase that the ethnicity isn't defined by its stereotype to promote a postive message with its Hispance cast.
However the film increases its action sequences that becomes surreal to the point of hilarity and overdrawn as the film attempts to spoof the action films with its absurdedness. But by doing so the film loses its groundedness in realiam.
The film homages to its start as a trailer by featuring a trailer before the premiere of the film is one of the few highlights hinting at the future of the franchise.
Mr.Rodriguez's ability to get well-known stars continues with his casting of Mel Gibson as the industrialist and weapon’s experts Voz who has a key in all the events transpriing and has plans for Machete.
For now, Machete proves that despite the obstacles and barriers that lie in front of him, the man of few words will find a way to become Mexico and America’s newest hero with the deep growl voice fighting on the side of law and justice.
Classification: Redbox New Release Blu-Ray
Movie Grade: 2 out of 5 stars
While a wide range of actors and actress get to have fun in exploring characters that they never get to portray, the audience is left wondering whether or not its aged hero still has enough to carry on the “Machete” franchise.
Blu-Ray Grade: 2 out of 5 stars:
Skip the deleted and extended scenes, but it’s worth while in seeing the making of the film featuring the director and cast.
Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content
Timing: 1 Hour, 47 Minutes
Genre: Adventure, Action, Comedy
- Director & Story: Robert Rodriguez
- Screenplay: Kyle Ward
Story: Marcel Rodriguez