A Maximum Mexploitation Masterpiece!
Thanks to Icon Films we had the chance to see ‘Machete Kills’ before its national release. This is our review of the film, but – as always – we still recommend you go to your local cinema to see it, because there is no better critic than yourself!
Danny Trejo is back as everybody’s favourite Baddest and Deadliest Mexican ever! Yet again Machete delivers in an insane action comedy feast that wears its B-movie heart proudly on its sleeve. This sequel may not look as “Grindhouse” as its 2010 predecessor, but in every other aspect ‘Machete Kills’ is even more over the top than the first installment of this Mexploitation-saga. The pulpy plot is even more deliberately ridiculous this time around and director Robert Rodriguez outdoes himself with hysterically bad CGI, fantastically fake props, dry tongue-in-cheek comedy and lots of splatter and gore. And make sure you arrive at the cinema in time to experience the magnificent trailer for ‘Machete Kills Again… In Space’, which should be the next chapter in this fabulous franchise – if all goes to plan.
Director Robert Rodriguez once again managed to assemble an all star-cast with prominent roles for Hollywood hotheads Mel Gibson as the villain and Charlie Sheen (credited as Carlos Estevez) as the president of the United States. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara pops up as brothel-owner Desdemona, and her machine gun bra is exactly the type of signature ridiculous stuff you expect in a Robert Rodriguez movie. In addition to all that we get small but funny appearances by Cuba Gooding Jr, Antonio Banderas, Walton Goggins and even Lady GaGa. The best thing here is that all cast members are clearly in on the joke.
Where the first ‘Machete’ was a comic take on cheap seventies exploitation movies, Rodriguez makes his sequel a spoof of Roger Moore-era James Bond-films, ‘Moonraker’ in particular, while also making quite a few Star Wars-jokes. It might be way too tongue in cheek and far too over the top for most of the cinema-going audience (the film bombed at the US box office), but anyone who appreciates a bit of cult comedy will have a blast with ‘Machete Kills’.
This outrageous sequel is one big celebration of B-movie cinema. The fun that cast and crew must have had while making it jumps rights off the screen, as do the body parts and the buckets of blood.
‘Machete Kills’ – At the movies 24 October 2013