In 2010, director Robert Rodriguez made a feature-length move called Machete, almost entirely based on a faux trailer included in the 2007 exploitation movie Grindhouse. The movie was surprisingly successful, a project that, by all realistic means, could have easily failed. But the thing is, Machete actually had something meaningful to say about the state of illegal immigration in the U.S. Where it succeeded, the new sequel Machete Kills completely fails.
The movie picks up where the first left off, with the title character and his ICE agent girlfriend played by Jessica Alba getting ready to bust an illegal arms deal. Naturally, all hell breaks loose, and Machete ends up getting arrested and held captive by a corrupt sheriff. The plot only gets more convoluted from there.
What starts out as a mission to stop a mad man who's aiming a nuclear missile at Washington, DC, ends up turning into a gore-soaked science fiction adventure. The addition of a slew of famous faces, including Charlie Sheen (who's credited as Carlos Estévez), Lady Gaga, Sofía Vergara and Mel Gibson, does little to help this mess of a movie.
Gibson plays the big bad, an arms-dealing terrorist who claims to be able to see the future. His goal is to take a group of people into space as the Earth is purged of everyone remaining on the planet. This leads to some overly ridiculous situations. Now while that's to be expected by this kind of movie, Machete Kills doubles the amount insanity from the first but really has nothing to say.
As far as star Danny Trejo goes, he does as good of a job carrying the film with minimal dialogue. His deadpan delivery is entertaining, and he has a few good jokes carried over from the first movie. While he does a formidable job as the star, it's just not enough.
One thing they added a lot more of in Machete Kills is the level of cartoonish gore. If that doesn't get old for you, and you enjoy watching the maiming and suffering of others, this is probably right up your alley. However, if that doesn't float your boat, and you like a little substance with your cinema, you should probably stay far away from Machete Kills.
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