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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Review: MACHETE KILLS (2013)

The sequel sucks... big time!

Let's get one thing straight: the first MACHETE (2010) wasn't exactly as good as I expected. For a supposedly grindhouse cinema, MACHETE was unnecessarily bloated for its own good. Now, director Robert Rodriguez is back with the sequel MACHETE KILLS at which he has promised at the end of MACHETE. But instead of improving the sequel, Rodriguez goes haywire by overstuffing his plot and his characters in a bombastic fashion.

MACHETE KILLS opens with Machete (Danny Trejo) and his agent girlfriend Sartana (Jessica Alba) engages on a mission to fight off a drug cartel. During the gun battle, Sartana is shot to death by a masked killer. Before Machete even has time to grieve, he quickly tasked by US president Rathcock (Charlie Sheen, who gets credited here for the first time under his birth name Carlos Estevez) where he requires to eliminate Mexican drug kingpin Mendez (Demian Bichir). Apparently Mendez owns a missile threatens to blow up the U.S., and it's up for Machete to save the day. But the mission turns out to be more complicated than he expected when he gets entangled with billionaire arms dealer Voz (Mel Gibson), who has a bigger agenda of his own.
Make no mistake, there are lots of action and die-hard fans of grindhouse cinema will have a field time enjoying the over-the-top mayhem presented here. But... (read "The Bad Stuff" column).

The pre-show trailer of the outrageous space-themed MACHETE KILLS AGAIN... IN SPACE, which has an obvious spoof of STAR WARS.

... everything here is so heavy-handed that the 107 minutes running time feels like forever. Kyle Ward's debut screenplay may have been wildly over-the-top but hardly engaging at all. Robert Rodriguez's direction and even the way he handles his action sequences this time around feels flat. Sure, there are outrageous gore and violence aplenty. But there are hardly matters especially with all the dreadful CGI. The colorful ensemble are downright forgettable. Not even Danny Trejo himself can turn things around. And how about the stunt casting? Doesn't work well either. While it's refreshing to see Mel Gibson playing a bad guy for a change, his performance is unbelievably rusty. Then there's the acting debut of Lady Gaga. Okay, big deal.

MACHETE KILLS sucks. And if that's not insulting enough, there will be MACHETE KILLS AGAIN... IN SPACE (hence the pre-show trailer). I wouldn't be surprised if the third movie gets made even though MACHETE KILLS failed at the US box office recently.

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