Machete Kills: A Rollicking Ride Full of Action and Satire
“Machete Kills” (2013), the brainchild of director Robert Rodriguez, is an over-the-top action film that beautifully marries the elements of satire, thrills, and eye-catching visuals. This is the second installment in the “Machete” trilogy, following the 2010 film “Machete.”
Plot and Content
“Machete Kills” follows the story of Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo), a former Mexican Federale turned mercenary, as he is recruited by the President of the United States (played hilariously by Charlie Sheen, credited under his birth name Carlos Estevez) for a mission that would be impossible for any ordinary man.
Machete’s task is to take down the eccentric billionaire arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson), who plans to launch a weapon into space to initiate global anarchy. The film takes Machete from one outrageous situation to another, showcasing creative weapons, larger-than-life villains, and outrageous plot turns.
With the likes of Lady Gaga, Sofia Vergara, Antonio Banderas, and Michelle Rodriguez making appearances, the movie is as star-studded as it is action-packed.
Style and Reception
“Machete Kills” is a true grindhouse film, filled with violent action sequences, and it doesn’t shy away from its B-movie roots. The film embraces its eccentric characters, campy dialogue, and wild plot with open arms. It’s a roller coaster ride that knows exactly what it is – an outrageous action-packed adventure with a good dose of humor and absurdity.
The movie, however, received mixed reviews from critics. While some praised its no-holds-barred approach to action and its self-aware humor, others felt it lacked the freshness of its predecessor. Still, it was recognized for being true to its unique style and not taking itself too seriously.
“Machete Kills” is a joyride for viewers who love audacious action, colorful characters, and tongue-in-cheek humor. If you’re a fan of Rodriguez’s style or the grindhouse genre in general, you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. It’s an explosion of over-the-top action that fully embraces its absurdity, making it a fun-filled watch.
Ratings: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content)
Running time: 107 minutes
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Screenplay: Kyle Ward
Release Date: October 11, 2013
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
If you are interested in more thrilling action and fun-filled rides, keep an eye out for our next review. Until then, enjoy your time at the movies, and remember: there’s a film for everyone out there!
Duration: 107 min.