I realize this is mostly a parody of Mexploitation and action films in general, it just wasn't good at any of what it tried to do. Its bad, even by B-standards. The only thing that kept me engaged for a while was De Niro and Trejo, and after about the halfway mark, I was watching the clock more than the movie. However, it has moments that literally make the movie (like Machete using someones intestines as a rappel line).
The movie is decent, a little bit more gore than what I tolerate. The plot became repetitive and predictable after a point. The movie has some laughs, thats about it. I feel it could have been done better than what it turned out to be.
Whilst still thoroughly entertaining throughout, it never reaches the high standards set by the first ten minutes (except maybe the hospital scene, which is quite possibly the most awesome scene ever filmed). Danny Trejo was long overdue for a starring role and the cast is near perfect but Tom Savini could have used a lot more screen time.
Don Johnson and Cheech Marin are fine, besides that - and the intestine jumping scene - there's almost nothing redeemable about this film. Though I approve of the political agenda the directing is terrible, the one-liners and dialogues forgettable, Tom Savini's role pretty much non-existant... Not a quality entertainment.
considering that rodriguez made this from a random joke trailer he made i'd say job well done. it's not like people go to grindhouse movies for strong stories and tight dialog, but this sure has what we were looking for: a guy repelling down a building using someone's intestines as a rope.
Yes it's extremely dumb, yes it's extremely stupid and yes it looks (intentionally) cheap, but I had loads of fun watching it. I've experienced many 'man-tranformations' while watching some movies, but never as rapidly during Machete. My beard was over a foot long, and during that end battle, when Trejo is riding a bike, and get's launched away by an explosion, while shooting people with his bike, it grew another mile
I had a really good time with Machete. It was just too much pure fun to let its political ideas get in the way of how much fun it is. This is a b-movie, an exploitation film, and it's a very good one. It has bad actors, terrible editing and over-the-top action scenes, but it's for these reasons that it's so enjoyable. If it wasn't, then it would easily be a boring watch. But since it's made with such skill, and all of this was intentional, but fun, I had a great time watching Machete.
Delivers the exact kind of schlocky fun I'd hoped for from The Expendables and failed to receive. Having said that, the movie is almost too self-aware for its own good. It's over-the-top and campy, but Rodriguez goes too far to show he's in on the joke. The performances, particularly those from Trejo, Fahey, Seagal and Savini, are awesomely funny and kick-ass. Literally an expanded trailer, the spliced-in trailer footage only highlights how visually cheap and lacklustre the finished film is.
"Blood of Christ. Tastes like merlot to me." Way, way, way over the top exploitation spoof that picks up, where "Planet Terror" left off with gallons of fake blood, bad one-liners, hot women and a ridiculously contrived plot involving Lindsay Lohan waking up drugged and dressing up like a nun, De Niro being electrocuted by a fence, nurses going postal with uzis - and a bunch of other stuff. It's pure escapism littered with references. Also: Intestine-jumping! It's the new craze. Mark my words.
The script and action is just one big mess.. And I think not that many people even care. I don't. This film is one big pile of women, raw (hilarious) action and all these Mexican, 80's, B-film things mingled together. Actually, al the things you're promised when watching the trailer. Nice!
Or you will hate or love it. I liked the style of the movie, like a movie 70 years, with preposterous action scenes, heads and hands being chopped off and the blood spurting. In fact, sometimes exaggerates in the absurds, could be more serious, or not, maybe this it that let the movie so cool.
Great B-movies r unique: they have 2 be. Unable 2 offer any mainstream pleasures by definition, they still have 2 distinguish themselves from their peers. They have 2 b mutants that continually surprise, even if its only by being distinctly terrible. This is where Machete comes up short. Despite its over-the-top vibe, stunt casting & perfectly bad idea 2 meld illegal immigration politics 2 an action movie, there's only 1 scene (involving intestines) that hits the levels of great B-movie lunacy.
There is a fun factor to all this ridiculousness. I liked the underlying "subtleties" in the directing (terrorist execution, anti-immigration immigrants). The action is targetted at 12-year olds. The whole movie feels like a Guns & Babes. Thanks.
Awesomely good cast with an extremely stupid story. Exceedingly unrealistic fight scenes. Inane gun battles. Lousy special effects. Nonsensical script. This movie is a complete and total farce. If you like parody movies that insult your intelligence then you might like this movie, but there are so many roll-your-eyes moments that I found the movie extremely hard to enjoy. Few movies have had so much talent wasted so badly. A few good one liners and some clever ideas, but otherwise awful.
Great opening scene - whish they had gone with more of that kind of stuff. When you get seriously bored watching stuff like this, and start wondering what your're gonna do for dinner the next day, you know you are wasting valuable seconds of your life.