Machete Kills (2013)

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Critic Consensus: While possessed with the same schlocky lunacy as its far superior predecessor, Machete Kills loses the first installment's spark in a less deftly assembled sequel.


Movie Info

In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man - he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet. (c) Open Road

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some sexual content)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Rodriguez, Marcel Rodriguez, Kyle Ward
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 21, 2014
Box Office: $7.9M
Runtime:
Open Road - Official Site

Cast


as Machete

as La Chameleón

as Sartana

as Desdemona

as Zaror

as Miss San Antonio

as Mendez

as El Camaléon 4

as El Camaléon 2

as Sheriff Doakes

as Mr. President

as Kill Joy

as Nurse Lisa

as Nurse Mona

as El Camaléon 1

as Osiris Amanapur

as Space Babe

as Billy Blair

as Lieutenant Brass

as Doctor Villachez

as Radio Announcer

as Man in Bondage

as Bartender Carlos

as Male Tourist

as Cabrito Cook

as Police Captain

as Elderly Attendant

as Dollface

as Doctor Goodbar

as Stuttering Tito

as Doc Felix

as Dying Cartel Guy

as Boss of Mendez

as Cartel Leader

as Wife of Mendez

as Nurse Fine

as Trailer Voice Guy

as Himself

as Mr. President
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Critic Reviews for Machete Kills

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (29)

Machete Kills is a film in which style sardonically routs substance, a cloying gag built around the iconic quality of Trejo's matchlessly craggy face, which resembles a plate of sundried corned beef.

Full Review… | October 15, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Everything looks artificial and achieved in post-production. Every shortcut is met to save money on budget and time.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Consequence of Sound

Danny Trejo is as far from stale whitebread as you can get. He's the real deal.

Full Review… | July 15, 2015
eFilmCritic.com

An absolutely absurd action extravaganza. It's doubly crazy, chaotic and all kinds of ridiculous fun.

Full Review… | June 27, 2014
Lyles' Movie Files

The meta parody of Machete Kills is a self-congratulating exercise in overkill. Its onslaught of gags try so hard to be outrageous they become banal. It looks like it was way more fun to make than to watch.

Full Review… | February 12, 2014
Maclean's Magazine

If nothing else, Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse homage manages the herculean feat of making us feel sorry for Mel Gibson.

Full Review… | February 7, 2014
Daily Record [UK]

Audience Reviews for Machete Kills

Exploitation films are good when they're over the top. The cheesier, the more outrageous, the sleazier the content, the better the exploitation film. If you're aware of the Robert Rodriguez brand of exploitation (a la "Grindhouse," "Machete," and "Death Proof") than this film will be right in your wheelhouse. This has got to be the biggest and grossest of his films, and has many elements that make a great action film. Every character is perfectly cast, including Amber Heard as a saucy beauty queen, Sofia Vergara as a murderous Madame, Mel Gibson as a maniacal villain, and Carlos Estevez as the bottomed out politician turned president. Everything about this film is strange and big, and silly, and I say that with positive enthusiasm. This is the perfect film if you want something huge and awesome, and unapologetic.

FrizzDrop
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

Hey I just realised something that I forgot to mention in the original movie review. You all remember Rodriguez's film 'Desperado' right. Well isn't the character of 'Machete' first seen played by Trejo in that film? the dude with all those small throwing knives strapped around his waist, its virtually the same character.

Well once again this movie kicks off with those washed out, scratchy grungy 70's looking exploitation visuals. We actually get quite a neat little retro styled cinema introduction to yet another parody trailer for yet another Machete flick, this time in space. There is that same deep gravely voice narrating the trailer as the corny trademark infringing action explodes onto the screen accompanied by more cheesy action music and lots of hammy retrotastic onscreen text. Quite liked the little moment where 'Bleep' the robot played by Justin Bieber (not really) gets blasted to pieces.

From here on though the decision has been made to continue the rest of the films visuals in regular glossy Hollywood fashion dropping the rough grungy B-movie look. I'm not really too sure why they would do that seeing as that visual appearance is the whole point of the franchise, that's its quirky raison d'etre, without it the movie just becomes another daft action flick...only this is just absurdly ridiculous bordering on spoof-like. Unfortunately this is exactly what happens, this movie is so slapdash and crazy that you simply can't really enjoy it. All rules of reality and beyond go completely out the window as Machete is 100% invincible and can literately do anything that is required. Jumping from a great height out of a helicopter into a speed boat and taking out the bad guys on board...no problem, just press the X button and the right shoulder button to perform this special move.

Thing is you have the same issue when reviewing these type of flicks. I know its all been shot like this on purpose, I realise the extreme gory bullet ridden lunacy is part of the intentional charm, I realise the characters are larger than life and totally hokey and the whole movie is just a big insane comicbook of violence. I think we all know this, but at what point does it simply go too far and become shit? The plot really doesn't matter in this film (Machete vs Gibson and lots of various henchmen) as its entirely about the action set pieces, one after another, bigger and bigger, more and more over the top. Nothing matters in the film anymore because the protagonist is so God-like its all meaningless, its like playing a videogame with the infinite energy cheat on, fun at first but very boring after about ten minutes.

There are only a few positives with this film, one being the unique mix of casting (kinda). The first movie had Seagal as the main boss, this time its Mel Gibson...and I can't deny he does save the day. Seeing Mel play the 'Bond-esque' villain is a real breath of fresh air and he clearly enjoys it. Lets not get carried away he doesn't really do much other than stand around and reel off cliched dialog but his presence is felt, he oozes a slick charm that just makes his villainy so watchable (despite it being highly childish nonsense). The moment he puts the silver mask on the film just sinks to yet another level of utter childish meaningless futile crapola...yet somehow its kinda cool. Why would his voice deepen with the mask on? why are his footsteps now like Robocop? why does he not treat his face before putting the mask on? and how does the mask not move around and feel really uncomfortable? Pointless questions I know but I gotta ask.

The rest of the cast are mainly the same as before accept we have more outrageous cameos this time. Lady Gaga as a hitwoman with a talent for disguises (I think)...this led to various little pointless cameos. Savini is back but has changed sides, Rodriguez still plays the tough bitch and still looks like she needs a wash whilst Charlie Sheen goes by his birth name to play the US President. Probably the second best thing about this film after Gibson, Sheen basically plays 'Charlie Harper' as the US President...which basically means he's playing his usual womanising self.

The best description for this film frankly is a violent adult version of Austin Powers mixed with James Bond. It sounds like a cheesy thing to say (or type even) but its true! you only have to see the last half of the film which is set in some kind of big weapons lab to realise what I mean. Hell...Gibson only needs a white cat under his arm and the transition would be complete. The only other thing I quite liked was the fact the ending is open and leads into the plot from the trailer you see at the start of the film. The down side of that is the worry they might actually make a third film called 'Machete Kills Again in Space'! This may as well be a comedy because it sure as hell would be a total spoof of damn near everything ever. Time to let this go I think Mr Rodriguez, you had your fun in the first film which was quite good, but this has now gone too far, its been milked and the moment has well and truly past.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

stupid and overtly violent, loved it.

stuartb1234
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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