Friday, January 28, 2011

Under 250: Machete

With Machete, Robert Rodriguez proves several key points.  1. You can make a really fantastic film based on a joke trailer, 2. Someone pushing 70 can still be an action figure style badass, 3. There are still plenty of unique and entertaining ways to kill people onscreen,  4. He is the only director capable of making a film even Jessica Alba cannot destroy.  Machete is madcap, A-list grindhouse cinema of the highest order; violent, ruthless, and often satirically brilliant.  There's nothing subtle about Machete.  The nudity is on the gratuitous side, the blood flows in rapids, and each punch line is hammered home with a blade through the spinal column...but, the exuberance with which each exploitation detail is delivered makes the film relentlessly entertaining, and too joyfully self-aware to frown upon.  Danny Trejo has a pitch-perfect presence for this strong, silent assassin, and he delivers his one-liners with all the conviction of one you do not question.  If Machete says he don't text, he don't text, alright?  If Machete picks up the blade instead of the gun, let him do it, alright?  Machete is pure unbridled anarchy with a surrealistically blunt political agenda on illegal immigration.  That doesn't matter, though.  Machete is about the bloodbath and the B-movie fun, and there can be no doubt it was one of the most flat-out entertaining movies I watched in 2010.   

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