Machete Kills: What You Need To Know
A film that began life as one of the spoof trailers created for Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse double-bill, Machete became one of 2010’s surprise hits at the box office, raking in a very healthy $44 million worldwide. Next week its sequel, Machete Kills, comes to DVD & Blu-Ray in the UK. Here’s what you need to know…
Who’s in it?
Rodriguez is once again in the director’s chair for the second instalment. As with the first film, Danny Trejo stars as the knife-wielding, gun-toting ex-Federale mercenary Machete Cortez, while Michelle Rodriguez also returns to reprise her role as Luz. The film also features appearances from a fairly stellar list of names including Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Charlie Sheen, Jessica Alba and Cuba Gooding Jr. There are also some interesting cameos, including one from Lady Gaga, another from Tesla mastermind Elon Musk and, weirdest of all, one from Justin Bieber, who appears briefly as a robot named Bleep in the fake trailer that precedes the film before being swiftly and satisfyingly destroyed.
What’s the plot?
The film begins with Machete and Sartana (Alba) intercepting a meeting between some military men and a Mexican cartel, whom the men plan to sell weapons to. Sartana is killed in the ensuing battle and Machete is set to be hanged after being framed for her murder – that is until he gets a call from the president.
Summoned to the White House, Machete is informed of a plot to launch a missile at Washington D.C. by ex-cartel member turned revolutionary named Marcos Mendez (played by Demian Bechir). Mendez demands that the U.S. invades Mexico to put an end to corruption, or he will destroy the city. To make matters worse, Machete then discovers Mendez has had his heart wired to the missile’s launch device, so that in the event of his death the missile will launch automatically. Machete has less than 24 hours to find someone capable of disarming the weapon and bring Mendez to the U.S.
Does it deliver?
If you can get around the fact that the plot is pretty flimsy, this film is a lot of fun. Anyone who enjoyed the first film will know what to expect from Machete Kills and, if anything, the comedy violence is kicked up a notch from the first instalment.
At no point does this film really begin to take itself seriously and that’s a good thing; what made Machete so much fun was its dogged homage to the b-movies that inspired it, complete with plot holes, deliberately shonky acting and a level of gore that is so over-the-top it is practically slapstick. If you’re looking for an action film with some serious thought behind it, you won’t find it here, but when a film is this much of a riot, who cares?
Machete Kills is available in hmv stores on DVD & Blu-Ray from February 17