Robert Rodriquez’s ‘Machete’ hit theater’s this weekend and it’s a thriller, drama, a little comedy, crime and a lot of other labels one could think of after seeing the bloodbath and brutality of this film.
The cast is a whose who of stars with Danny Trejo playing the lead of Machete, a former Mexican Federale hired to assassinate a senator. Robert De Niro plays Senator McLaughlin from Texas who ends up having more to do with Machete’s double-cross in the beginning and subsequent rampage that lasts most of the movie. De Niro plays a convincing Texas senator even though he is, in real life, a diehard New York ‘cop’ type. There is one scene in which the Senator is giving a speech, before he is shot in the leg, and De Niro is in full character, but at one point a little New York slips into his speech.
The women of Machete include Jessica Alba who plays sexy ICE (Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) Agent Sartana, a woman who has a way with a knife. There is also Michelle Rodriquez who plays a taco stand owner that loves to use her meat cleaver and is also helping to fuel the rumors of ‘She’. The sexy women in the cast don’t stop there; Lindsey Lohan plays the daughter of businessman Benz and happens to be a socialite addicted to drugs. She also gets to play with a weapon, a very large gun.
Benz is Michael Benz, played by Jeff Fahey, who is a local businessman, the one who hires Machete to kill the Senator or so Machete thinks. Machete’s brother, played by Cheech Marion has taken a vow of nonviolence when he became a priest. But when Machete is double-crossed, the Padre doesn’t need much to convince him to pick up his pump-action shotguns and come at the bad guys with a gun in each hand. Marion adds a small amount of comedy relief from the blood and gore and constant hunt for bad guys.
Don Johnson is also in this movie, playing a Boarder Patrol Officer who is extremely prejudices against anyone crossing into ‘his’ land.
This movie also features Steven Segal as drug lord Torrez who shakes down many of the immigrants and is one of the reasons Machete begins his rampage. The plot is simply, drug lord Torrez sets up Machete to be killed as he’s trying to kill Senator McLaughlin. Machete figures out what’s going on and he takes the entire movie to track down those who double crossed him.
The movie is a long hunt for killers and Machete chopping his way through bodies of people he deems needless. The plot is not this movie’s strong point and if a person likes blood and guts with a side of sexy, then this is the movie to see. This movie is all drama, all the time along with multiple car chases, explosions, sex and lots of killings, some by gun fire, most by Machete.