Machete Kills (2013) Review

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Plot: The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.

I was looking forward to this movie for two reasons: (1) – I love the grindhouse look and feel, I always will. It’s really neat, and very entertaining. (2) – I loved the first Machete, it was a huge surprise at how well it turned out, with it’s gritty style and over-the-top violence. I expected this film to be in the same vein as the original, in a way it was, but in a way I was also disappointed with it.

Danny Trejo returns with his ass-kicking role as Machete, again as gruff and entertaining as usual, as did Michelle Rodriguez returning as Luz. What I was most surprised by was Lady Gaga showing up, playing one version of a 4-in-one character named The Chameleon (in English). She was fairly entertaining, as was the rest of the actors who portrayed the character – Cuba Gooding Jr, Antonio Banderas, and Walton Goggins. But perhaps what most drove me to see this movie was Mel Gibson. I am a huge Mel Gibson fan, always have been, always will be, and I was interested to see what kind of character that Robert Rodriguez would have him playing. A lunatic of course. He was just wild, I found myself watching him more than I did pay attention to the plot details.

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Now here’s where everything gets tricky. I liked the plot of the movie, it was entertaining, a nice plot – very straight forward. But the execution was what bugged me. Many cliches were thrown about, and I would’ve ignored them if they weren’t so irritatingly glaring. I didn’t mind the few cliches thrown about in the first film, but here it just grated on my nerves. However I did love the further development of Machete’s character background.

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Robert Rodriguez’s excellent brand of over-the-top action sequences are what made this movie stand out, however. I can easily say he’s one of my favorite action directors by far, I’ve seen most of his movies and he never seems to disappoint me. The classic grindhouse style and the gory violence, while campy in this case, is always fun to see, albeit being somewhat cartoonish. I really wished the rest of this film was as great as Rodriguez’s direction, or Mel’s performance.

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In conclusion, “Machete Kills” was an over-the-top, fun, gory, action packed entertaining grindhouse film that was at times better than it could be, but I was a bit disappointed that the execution of the script wasn’t as smooth as the first film. I can say, however, that I did enjoy the film in a way, especially for the direction, the action sequences, and Mel and Danny’s performances.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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