Machete | Indy Week


Rated R 105 min. 2010

You know how some people say, "If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the whole movie?" Such is the case with Robert Rodriguez' satire/homage to the low-budget action flicks of the 1980s, spun off from the fake trailer in 2007's Grindhouse. Danny Trejo is all stone-faced menace as a blade-wielding ex-Federale badass and inexplicable chick magnet whose mastery of every bladed weapon and firearm known to man comes in handy when he's framed for the attempted assassination of an anti-immgration Senator (Robert De Niro, surprisingly one of the least over-the-top performers). Amusing but rarely thrilling, the film's satire of the immigration debate is diluted by its need to find bits for a bloated ensemble cast, including Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba and many other (most memorable are Michelle Rodriguez as a sultry revolutionary and Don Johnson as a creepy, psycho-Minuteman type. The bit where Trejo pays homage to a classic scene in Die Hard with a human intestine is a hoot, though. Hopefully, the next Grindhouse spin-off, Hobo with a Shotgun, will yield better results.

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Director: Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis

Writer: Robert Rodriguez

Producer: Robert Rodriguez, Elizabeth Avellán, Rick Schwartz, Aaron Kaufman and Iliana Nikolic

Cast: Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey and Steven Seagal

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