Machete stars Danny Trejo as the titular character who seeks revenge upon his former boss in Robert Rodriguez’s violent crime/thriller/drama film. Some hefty stars came out for this project including Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, and Don Johnson. Trejo reprises his role of Machete made famous in the three Spy Kids films even though Machete is rated R and is a full blown blood bath.
Machete (Danny Trejo) is a former Mexican Federale who seeks work on his own terms in the border towns of Mexico and the United States. After signing up for a big job that would get him a lot of money, Machete is betrayed by the men who hired him to try to assassinate an outspoken Senator (Robert De Niro).
When Machete picks up some of his friends to help him get revenge the story gets bigger and badder with more guns, more long knives, and more blood. Soon he has an entire posse of vigilantes following Machete in his march for vengeance that is truly a modern Mexican tale.
I’ve always like Danny Trejo for his off-hand role in Spy Kids. I first remember him for his bit part in Con Air as one of the nasties on board the flight with good guy Nicolas Cage. If you are a fan of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill movies then you’ll like this film. (Rodriquez and Tarantino are good friends.)
If you just see Machete as a good old fashioned revenge flick and nothing else then you will enjoy this movie. Like most revenge flicks it has a strong motive, lots of emotion, quirky characters, and plenty of violence.
The writing is as cheeky as it gets as are the performances of the principle cast. However I can see the fun factor for both the audience, movie makers, and the actors involved. Don’t look for an Academy Awards for anything but that’s not the point of Machete.
For those who simply want to laugh at a fun film, see Danny Trejo and Robert De Niro as over the top characters in an overdone setting. Imagine Machete as a human Terminator crossed with Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry and you’ve got an amalgamation of just about any vengeance-seeking or purpose-driven character who knows how to use weaponry.
Machete is pure escapism in the midst of our current political upheaval. With so much violence regarding Mexican drug lords and now a wayward Arizona law that enforces immigration you can sympathize with a man like Machete even though his characterizations are unreal. If there is a point to film it is that “what if something like this does happen?” What if a man basically takes control of his own destiny to seek revenge upon those who killed his family and then betrayed him a second time?
All of us at one time or another feel betrayed. When your entire existence is bent upon revenge like Machete’s you would probably go on a gang-style killing spree too. Machete is great for getting in touch with an expression of our inner demons of anger and revenge while at the same time laughing at the absurdity of it all.
Machete is rated R for violence. The Internet Movie Database provided information for this article.