Director-Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez
Starring-Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba
Scott’s Review #501
Reviewed October 28, 2016
Machete is a clear, fun homage to exploitation films of the 1970’s movies. directed by Robert Rodriguez (a protege of Quentin Tarantino) and quite heavily influenced by his mentor. In fact, it very much resembles a Tarantino film- the comic, over-the-top elements, the violence, but is somewhat less compelling in the story department, and lacks the crisp, rich storytelling.
It tells the story of a Mexican ex Federale (named Machete) involved in a plot to kill a horribly corrupt United States Senator (played by Robert De Niro). He attempts to flee Mexico for Texas, is shot, and spends the remainder of the film vowing revenge on his assailants.
Machete contains many celebrity cameos and is fun to watch- in a light way. The film is not intended to be looked upon in a serious way. For the interested, you also get to see Lindsay Lohan topless.
The film is a fun, violent, popcorn flick,with a nice political message, but if interested in these types of movies, rent Grindhouse: Planet Terror, which is a better experience.