Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Machete (2010) - Movie Marathon Short & Sweet Review: Film #16

On the Menu:
MACHETE (2010) 

Ingredients: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson, Tom Savini, Daryl Sabara and Lindsay Lohan. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. Run time: 105 minutes. Rated: R. 

At First Bite: Trejo is an ex-Federale hellbent on revenge after being set up in an assassination plot. It just screams crazy action.

Tough to Swallow: Seeing Trejo and Alba kiss. 

Something to Chew On: The movie, of course, is based on one of the fake trailers shown during GRINDHOUSE.

Rodriguez wrote the script back in 1993.

Johnson's billing in the opening credits is "and introducing Don Johnson."

Trejo's character in the SPY KIDS films is also named Machete Cortez. Although, Machete is his nickname for those movies; his first name is actually Isador.

Alba's clothes were digitally removed for her nude scenes since she has a no-nudity clause.

Chris Cooper turned down the role of the senator calling it absurd.

Titles for two sequels appear in the end credits.

Rose McGowan's scene was cut. Her character was Boots McCoy. 

Aftertaste: Gory, cynical and full of crazy action. Throw in some social commentary on illegal immigration and you've got one heckuva Mexploitation flick. Just like GRINDHOUSE, the film is made to look grainy and damaged. I loved the MACHETE trailer in GRINDHOUSE, and I have to say it lived up to my expectations.

Although, I'm very interested in the director's cut DVD that's on its way.

The next fake trailer to hit the big screens as a real movie: HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN. Hopefully, THANKSGIVING will soon follow. 


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