Renegade hero, Machete escapes to Texas in a bid to start over after clasing with a powerful drug lord. Double-crossed and hunted after a covert hit leaves him as the prime suspect, he goes on a bloody rampage to settle the score
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Greatness, in a Tarantino-madness way. I even think I migth like Rodriguez more than I like Tarantino. Or I migth have a lot more fun with Rodriguez than with Tarantino, which is precisely the same, in a b-movie tribute-to-cinema, voyage to the video store kind of way. Even not being an exploitation movie afficionado, and not having seen the kind of cinema this refers to. But writing this I just added the 4th star.
Just a few flaws I found with this.
1. There is no film grain, like in the trailer. In order to pay tribute to the Grindhouse genre, and do it successfully, I believe, you need the aging effect of the film to give it that grimy, low budget appearance.
2. The fact they're trying to make a Grindhouse film with names like De Niro, Alba, etc. Just feels a little out of place and a little disingenuous.
A lazy rehash of things Robert Rodriguez has done better before. The surprising cast seems game, but the film never follows through to the full potential of anything, leaving it surprisingly tepid and dull. Worked a whole lot better as a two-minute trailer than a feature film.
Genre filmmaking at its finest. Rodriguez has always delivered with great action and badass babes. Also its about damn time Danny Trejo got his own movie. The sequel is a little much but this is a solid film.
Rodriguez should do a film about Danny Trejo's life. It would make a more interesting film than this one. I just haven't found any of the Grindhouse homages stack up. The trailers were great, but the idea of the film is often better than the actual thing. Still laughing about Nic Cage as Fu Manchu.
To short on creativity, balls, trash and smartness. The first half of the movie is boring and there are just two really cool jokes. No real punch dialogue. The political critic is also flat and worse than a Moore movie. I was totally looking forward to it, but it was a disappointment.