Machete (2010)

After being set-up and betrayed by the man who hired him to assassinate a Texas Senator, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss. - synopsis from IMDB

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action, crime

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Directed by Ethan Maniquis, Robert Rodriguez.

Rated 6.6 on IMDB from 170291 votes.

Runtime: 105 min.


If, like me, you were waiting for a proper action movie, you should go and see Machete. It’s been a while since we saw something that has few pretentions, loads of fun, sweeping action and some characters with more than their fair share of attitude. All great ingredients that are used well. Oh, and they actually took the time to select some awesome music too.

Make no mistake: Machete deserves its 16 and up rating and if you don’t like blunt violence, you’ll find yourself heading to the snack counter more often than you’d hoped for. And the first time will be within minutes. Instead of blowing everything up with massive firepower, the movie’s name should hint you to the way things are dealt with.

The lead character, portrayed by an outstanding Danny Trejo is simply not to be messed with. And he’s acquired a certain set of skills over the years.

Of the other cast members, I found Fahey put in the best performance. If you thought Machete himself was cold, think again. This guy is not just cold, he’s frustrated too and it shows.

In a movie that has the atmosphere of a Tarantino, it’s a shame that style is not consistent all the way through. Timing, pace and characters are all well done until the end, which feels rushed and chaotic, and not in the good, climax-building way. It’s simply messy (pun intended). Ah well, I had a great time, so I’ll let it slide.

Seen: 17 Sep 2010


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