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Director: Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez

Cast: Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro


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Robert Rodriguez brings a new breed of antihero to the big screen in this hyper-violent adaptation of the "fake" trailer originally featured in the 2007 double-feature exploitation throwback Grindhouse. Machete (Danny Trejo) is a former Mexican Federale who plays by his own rules, and doesn't answer


Robert Rodriguez brings a new breed of antihero to the big screen in this hyper-violent adaptation of the "fake" trailer originally featured in the 2007 double-feature exploitation throwback Grindhouse. Machete (Danny Trejo) is a former Mexican Federale who plays by his own rules, and doesn't answer to anybody. In the wake of a harrowing encounter with feared drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal), Machete finds himself in Texas, where the shadowy Booth (Jeff Fahey) offers him the opportunity to make some quick cash by assassinating the unscrupulous Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro). When the job goes awry and Machete realizes he's been set up, he turns to fierce taco queen Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), heavily armed holy man Padre (Cheech Marin), and trigger-happy socialite April (Lindsay Lohan) to show Booth that he just messed with the wrong Mexican. But before they can get to Booth, Machete's gang will have to contend with blade-wielding ICE agent Sartana (Jessica Alba), who never met an adversary she couldn't flay.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
While it certainly isn't for a lack of effort, Machete co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis just can't maintain the grimy, hack-and-slash momentum that makes the opening scene of their bloody exploitation throwback a mini-masterpiece of cinematic brutality. At 105 minutes, Machete drags on just a bit too long, yet the spirit of exploitation is alive and well throughout, and even as multiplex malaise begins to set in, it's impossible to deny that this reckless little neo-grindhouse romp is incredibly entertaining in fits. It also gets big points for featuring the increasingly cuddly Robert De Niro in one of his edgiest roles of the last two decades. High art be damned, Machete is a real treat for trash movie lovers, and a perfect addition to any marquee that also features The Expendables and Piranha 3D. When we first see Machete (Danny Trejo), the Mexican Federale and his partner are speeding down a dusty highway en route to save a young girl who's been kidnapped by notorious Mexican drug lord Torrez (Steven Seagal). By the time Machete realizes it's a trap, it's already too late, and after forcing the Federale to watch as his wife is executed, Torrez torches the house and leaves him for dead. Some time later, Machete has crossed the border into Texas and begun working as a day laborer when he befriends Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), the owner of a popular taco stand who has connections to a mysterious underground organization called The Network, and who has recently become the target of an investigation by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officer Sartana (Jessica Alba). The heat begins to turn up when the mysterious Booth (Jeff Fahey) offers Machete a briefcase full of cash to assassinate Senator McLaughlin (De Niro), a racist White House hopeful who likes to hunt illegals on the border with Lt. Stillman (Don Johnson) and his overzealous gang of trigger-happy minutemen. But just as Machete prepares to pull the trigger, he takes a bullet from Booth's henchman Sniper (Shea Whigham), and realizes he's been double-crossed. Now, it's time for some payback. You've got to hand it to Rodriguez for making good on his promise to deliver a Machete feature after whetting our appetites with the gloriously badass "fake" trailer that opened Grindhouse back in 2007. In their sincere effort to give moviegoers the most bang for their buck, Rodriguez and Maniquis brew up the kind of deliriously violent action sequences that helped establish the former as one of the most promising and innovative young filmmakers of his generation. But while Rodriguez's eye for outrageous action is sharp as ever, as a screenwriter he tends to be overindulgent, and by the time the movie hits the 90-minute mark, Machete has already overstayed his welcome. It's not so much that the film becomes a victim of its own excess, but that the shortcomings of Rodriguez and cousin/co-screenwriter Álvaro Rodriguez as writers ultimately bog it down. Once the story begins to unfold, the Rodriguezes seem to have trouble finding the fat to trim, leaving the viewers to pick the gristle out of their teeth while they await the next big action scene. That misstep, coupled with a frequent tendency to drag out scenes for just a few beats too long, slows down the action in Machete just enough prevent the film from establishing a satisfying rhythm. Thank heavens Machete is so unapologetically irresponsible, crass, offensive, and hilarious; otherwise we might really start to notice the boredom as it begins to set in. Along with the aforementioned Expendables, Machete features one of the strongest B-movie casts of the year. Action fans who lamented the fact that Steven Seagal was notably absent from Sylvester Stallone's all-star action flick will relish the opportunity to see the ponytailed martial artist perish in what may be the silliest death scene since Paul Reubens in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie, not the show!), Jeff Fahey exudes weaselly menace with his slicked-back businessman mullet, Johnson dons a pair of chintzy fake sideburns that Herschell Gordon Lewis would have sent back to the makeup artist, and Cheech Marin is a blast in his brief cameo as a shotgun-toting, reefer-smoking priest. The haggard Lindsay Lohan is already too chewed up to play a convincing drugged-out rich girl, sounding for all the world like her dialogue has been overdubbed by Tom Waits. And despite the fact that De Niro pulls out all the stops to make Senator McLaughlin the biggest scumbag south of the Mason-Dixon Line, he's still outshined by the swaggering, impossibly tough Trejo, who plays the titular living legend to grizzled perfection. Trejo might just have one of the best faces in contemporary film, and he's impossible to look away from as he wins a street fight without setting down his burrito, and decapitates three of Torrez's henchmen with one swift swing of the blade. At the end of Machete, the producers promise that the blade-wielding ex-Federale will return in "Machete Kills" and "Machete Kills Again." If those films ever make it to the multiplex, we may be forced to accept the fact that the grindhouse has finally gone mainstream. Much like the exploitation masters of yesteryear, Rodriguez and company take a hot-button issue (in this case immigration) and use it as the foundation for an anything-goes film that favors grisly thrills over serious reflection. For that reason, it's easy to forgive Machete its shortcomings, and chuckle quietly at the audacity of the images that playfully rub our noses in our own shortcomings as a society.

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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Performance Credits
Danny Trejo Machete
Robert De Niro Sen. McLaughlin
Jessica Alba Sartana
Steven Seagal Torrez
Michelle Rodriguez Luz
Jeff Fahey Booth
Cheech Marin Padre
Don Johnson Von
Shea Whigham Sniper
Lindsay Lohan April
Tom Savini Osiris Ampanpour
Daryl Sabara Julio
Gilbert Trejo Jorge
Billy Blair Von's Henchman
Ara Celi Reporter
Feliz Sabates Doc Felix
Electra Avellan Nurse Mona
Elise Avellan Nurse Lisa
Marci Madison Nurse Fine
Vic Trevino Federale Officer
Mayra Leal Chica (Naked Girl)
Alejandro Antonio Chief
Juan Pareja Rico
Alicia Marek June
Jason Douglas Patrolman #1
Mitchell Lance Adams Patrolman #2
Brent Smiga Sniper's Henchman
Chris Warner Hospital Security Guard
Jim Henry Guard
Tina Rodriguez Tristana
Roland Ruiz Luis
Greg Ingram Cristos
Tito Larriva Culebra Cruzado
Cheryl "Chin" Cunningham Torrez Henchwoman
Hugo Perez Driver (Van)
Nina Leon Machete's Wife
Doran Ingram Von's Minute Man
James Brownlee Henchman
Nimród Antal Booth's Bodyguard #1
Al "Train" Dias Bodyguard #2
Dimitrius Pulido Bodyguard #3
Scott Jefferies Bodyguard #4
Edgar Arreola Dishwasher #1
Tommy Nix Dishwasher #2

Technical Credits
Ethan Maniquis Director
Robert Rodriguez Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Elizabeth Avellan Producer
Alan Bernon Executive Producer
Edward Borgerding Executive Producer
Everett Byrom Special Effects Supervisor
Dominic Cancilla Co-producer
J.C. Cantu Casting
Chingon Score Composer
Meredith Johns Makeup Special Effects
Jimmy Lindsey Cinematographer
Myles Nestel Executive Producer
Nina Proctor Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Proper Associate Producer
Rebecca Rodriguez Editor
David Vincent Rimer Asst. Director
Álvaro Rodriguez Screenwriter
Rick Schwartz Producer
Christopher Stull Production Designer
Mary Vernieu Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Machete
1. Scene 1 [6:06]
2. Scene 2 [1:35]
3. Scene 3 [4:55]
4. Scene 4 [1:27]
5. Scene 5 [2:09]
6. Scene 6 [4:49]
7. Scene 7 [1:59]
8. Scene 8 [4:15]
9. Scene 9 [:45]
12. Scene 12 [1:08]
10. Scene 10 [1:00]
11. Scene 11 [4:54]
13. Scene 13 [2:42]
14. Scene 14 [1:53]
15. Scene 15 [2:20]
16. Scene 16 [2:03]
17. Scene 17 [3:29]
18. Scene 18 [1:37]
19. Scene 19 [1:34]
20. Scene 20 [2:19]
21. Scene 21 [3:04]
22. Scene 22 [1:14]
23. Scene 23 [2:07]
24. Scene 24 [3:07]
25. Scene 25 [:59]
26. Scene 26 [4:08]
28. Scene 28 [2:12]
27. Scene 27 [1:55]

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Machete 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The kind of movie you can watch over and over and not get tired of!
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