Machete Kills

Machete Kills

Director: Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara

Cast: Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara


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The President of the United States (Charlie Sheen) tasks indomitable ex-Federale Machete (Danny Trejo) with silencing a dangerous radical and taking out a wealthy arms dealer who seeks to destabilize the entire globe. Michelle Rodriguez, Mel


The President of the United States (Charlie Sheen) tasks indomitable ex-Federale Machete (Danny Trejo) with silencing a dangerous radical and taking out a wealthy arms dealer who seeks to destabilize the entire globe. Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Lady Gaga, Sofía Vergara, and Amber Heard co-star.

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Reviewing Machete Kills is easy: If you liked Machete, you'll love Machete Kills. And if you thought the first Machete had potential but sort of drooped in places, you can take heart that the sequel is a lot tighter and more consistently kick-ass. While true to the same spirit of packing in big thrills on a small budget, Machete Kills is a more successful movie all around -- cleverer, more violent, and more ridiculous than its predecessor. If this assessment fulfills all of your needs as a reader and possible viewer, feel free to stop reading now. You see, it's the relative scale offered by the framework of a franchise that makes this review so easy. Explain whether a sequel is better or worse than the previous installments, and you've mostly done your job for potential audience members. But reviewing the first Machete movie provided copious existential wangst for many critics, confounded by the task of explaining the "quality" of a movie that strove to be silly, explosive, and gleefully over-the-top. It really shouldn't be that hard, especially considering that the first Machete actually fell short in some of these regards -- it aimed for never-a-dull-moment and didn't always succeed. But, of course, plenty of reviewers got caught up in blabbering about whether such a movie was true "grind-house cinema" or merely a meta, self-aware, postmodern tribute. As if this semantic crap matters to anyone who actually likes thrill-a-minute grind-house cinema in the first place; a movie that achieves a thrill-a-minute is a success by the rubric of the genre, "tribute" or no. And indeed, Machete Kills prevails by these standards. Picking up where the first movie left off, the story follows the migrant worker turned super agent known only as Machete (Danny Trejo) as he is tasked with a mission to save the U.S. from getting blown up by a missile that was stolen by a Mexican drug kingpin (Demián Bichir). It should be noted that Machete has become such an infamous badass that he gets this mission straight from United States president Rathcock (Charlie Sheen -- credited here by his Hispanic birth name, Carlos Estevez, a tongue-in-cheek move that could possibly be related to director Robert Rodriguez's historic distaste for unions and their rules, like SAG's rigid take on stage names. This goes to show Rodriguez's credibility as possibly the only real "grind-house" director working in Hollywood, but let's not get ahead of ourselves). Machete takes the job, encountering assassins, mercenaries, and evil geniuses along the way, played delightfully by the likes of Amber Heard, Mel Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Sofía Vergara, and many others. Robert Rodriguez wasn't just the writer and director here; he was also the cinematographer and editor, and he wrote and performed the score. In addition, he's been known to act as his own camera and Steadicam operator, and nobody should be surprised if it turns out that he personally designed the filters that make his digital photography look more like film than movies by guys like Ridley Scott and Michael Mann, because Rodriguez started shooting in digital more than ten years ago. His "Ten-Minute Film School" shorts have been detailing the maverick efficiency he uses to make awesomely wild movies with a limited crew and a small budget for as far back as 1992. In short: If anybody can claim to be a genuine grind-house director, it's Rodriguez. Maybe in the era of Sharknado-style purposeful camp, it's easy to shout, for lack of anything better to say, that this is a bad thing. But any true fan of the '70s and '80s exploitation flicks Rodriguez was inspired by knows that those B-movies were, in fact, frequently very self-aware. How could a picture that deliberately seeks shock value not be? But then, it's not usually fans of the genre who make these kinds of asinine complaints. Fans just know a good shoot-'em-up when they see one.

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Special Features

Deleted and extended scenes; Making Machete Kills

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Trejo Machete
Michelle Rodriguez Luz/Shé
Sofía Vergara Desdemona
Amber Heard Miss San Antonio
Carlos Estevez Mr. President
Lady Gaga La Chameleón
Antonio Banderas El Camaléon 4
Jessica Alba Sartana
Demián Bichir Mendez
Alexa Vega Kill Joy
Vanessa Hudgens Cereza
Cuba Gooding El Camaléon 2
William Sadler Sheriff Doakes
Marko Zaror Zaror
Mel Gibson Voz
Elise Avellan Nurse Lisa
Electra Avellan Nurse Mona
Samuel Davis Clebourne
Walton Goggins El Camaléon 1
Tom Savini Osiris Amanapur
Julio Oscar Mechoso Chepo
Callie Hernandez Space Babe
Billy Blair Billy Blair
Jason Christopher Lieutenant Brass
David C. Heard Doctor Villachez
Carlos Rodriguez Messenger
Juan Zuani Radio Announcer
Emmy Robbin Pris
Jimmy Gonzalez Man in Bondage
Pablo Bracho Bartender Carlos
Ashley Wood Male Tourist
Patricia Vonne Rodriguez Female Tourist
Vincent Fuentes Cabrito Cook
Rick Delgado Police Captain
Dan Arellano Elderly Attendant
Elle Lamont Dollface
Eduardo Rentaria Doctor Goodbar
Pablo Esparza Grasa
Robert Tamayo Stuttering Tito
Feliz Sabates Doc Felix
Adgar Arreola Estoban
Jorge A. Jimenez Dying Cartel Guy
Alejandro Antonio Boss of Mendez
Samuel Medina Cartel Leader
Crystal Martinez Wife of Mendez
Marci Madison Nurse Fine
Corey Burton Trailer Voice Guy

Technical Credits
Robert Rodriguez Director,Score Composer,Cinematographer,Editor,Original Story,Producer
Douglas Aarniokoski Co-producer
Jeff Adams Set Decoration/Design
Balaji Anbalagan Animator
Alfonso Barragan Executive Producer
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Sergei Bespalov Producer
Brian Bettwy Asst. Director
Clark Crawford Sound/Sound Designer
John Paul De Joria Executive Producer
Terry Dougas Executive Producer
Sam Englebardt Executive Producer
Paula Fairfield Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Gudas Executive Producer
Jere Hausfater Executive Producer
William D. Johnson Executive Producer
Aaron Kaufman Producer
Paris Latsis Executive Producer
Mark Manuel Executive Producer
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Iliana Nikolic Producer
Angelo Palazzo Sound/Sound Designer
Nina Proctor Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Proper Co-producer
Stuart Provine Sound/Sound Designer
Rebecca Rodriguez Editor
Rhythm & Hues Studios Animator
Alexander Rodnyansky Producer
Marcel Rodriguez Original Story
Rick Schwartz Producer
Shuchi Singhal Animator
Boris Teterev Executive Producer
Carl Thiel Score Composer
Kyle Ward Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Machete Kills
1. Scene 1 [7:48]
2. Scene 2 [4:23]
3. Scene 3 [7:14]
4. Scene 4 [5:57]
5. Scene 5 [5:10]
6. Scene 6 [3:39]
7. Scene 7 [5:17]
8. Scene 8 [6:01]
9. Scene 9 [4:54]
10. Scene 10 [4:37]
11. Scene 11 [4:00]
12. Scene 12 [7:47]
13. Scene 13 [5:00]
14. Scene 14 [4:41]
15. Scene 15 [3:56]
16. Scene 16 [4:34]
17. Scene 17 [5:04]
18. Scene 18 [7:29]
19. Scene 19 [4:10]
20. Scene 20 [6:07]


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