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article imageReview: ‘Machete Kills’ and entertains Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Oct 14, 2013 in Entertainment
In ‘Machete Kills,’ the U.S. government recruits Machete to take down an arms dealer holed up in Mexico and prevent a disaster of galactic proportions.
If this was a Western, Machete Cortez would be the baddest gunslinger in the West. Since it’s not, Machete is the baddest — period. The blade-wielding assassin trades a personal vendetta for a commissioned job, but he’s no less determined to vanquish his prescribed enemy. In Machete Kills, the hired knife travels back to Mexico for the first time in many years.
Caught along the Mexico-Arizona crossing and about to endure the border justice of local law enforcement, Machete (Danny Trejo) receives a summons from the U.S. President (Carlos Estevez a.k.a. Charlie Sheen). A man named Mendez (Demian Bichir) has a missile aimed at Washington and the President needs Machete to go to Mexico and disarm the fanatic. His handler is Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard), whose favourite accessories come in gun metal. Unforeseen circumstances puts a substantial bounty on Machete’s head, bringing out every cutthroat killer from brothel owner Desdemona (Sofía Vergara) to infamous assassin La Camaleón (Lady Gaga).
Following the fake trailer for Machete by director Robert Rodriguez in his Grindhouse presentation Planet Terror, the first film maintained the Grindhouse aesthetic. The sequel, however, is a little more polished and a lot cleverer. Interestingly, first-time feature screenwriter Kyle Ward is able instil this film with over-the-top comedy that truly takes the Machete legend to the next level. Put simply, the follow-up has enough sense to take itself less seriously and reaps the rewards.
There are many familiar faces with survivors Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez and Tom Savini reprising their roles, as well as some other Rodriguez regulars. But the list of new faces is notable too. In addition to those mentioned, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Vanessa Hudgens all join the cast of Machete allies or enemies. And there are no casting mistakes — everyone is well-suited to their role, whether it’s insane, international bad guy or femme fatale.
Machete gets some new toys in this picture, including the “Swiss army knife of machetes” and a gun that turns people inside out. There are also a number of deaths attributed to propellers, which are some of the more fun and outlandish kills in the picture. The death toll remains high, but the manner of dispatching victims on both sides is, in some cases, more creative than before.
The improved dialogue is accompanied by much more cleavage — do with that what you will. And don’t think of the beginning as a spoiler, but rather the awesome carrot dangled at the start and rewarded at the end of the movie. Finally, yes there are post-credit scenes but nothing mind-blowing so staying is optional.
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Danny Trejo, Amber Heard and Mel Gibson
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