Machete

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Director:
Ethan Maniquis , Robert Rodríguez
Released:
2010
Rating:
R
Machete is a 2010 action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. The film was originally conceived as a trailer that appeared between Rodriguez' Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof in the Grindhouse release. Machete stars Danny Trejo as Machete, a Mexican renegade immigrant. During a rescue of a kidnapped girl, Rogelio Torrez (Steven Segal) kills Machete's wife and daughter and leaves Machete for dead. Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) is a local businessman who reveals to Machete that Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) has been kicking immigrants out of the country. However, as Machete is staking out McLaughlin, Booth's people shoot Machete and McLaughlin in order to paint McLaughlin as a sympathetic figure. Machete escapes to Mexico and is treated for his wounds, while a U.S. agent named Sartana Rivera (Jessica Alba) is sent to capture him. Machete enlists the help of Shé (Michelle Rodriguez) and Padre (Cheech Marin) to seek revenge on Booth. Machete takes Booth's daughter April (Lindsay Lohan) captive. Sartana Rivera learns of McLaughlin's crimes and makes them public. Machete must then fight off a deadly collective made up of Booth, McLaughlin, and Torrez.moreless

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  • 75

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A gory, pulpy wink of an action thriller, was spun out of a parody trailer Rodriguez directed for the '70s-trash homage "Grindhouse" (2007). The trailer was sublime. As a feature, ...

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    For all its political button pushing, Machete is too preposterous to qualify as satire. The only viewers it is likely to upset are the same kind of people who once claimed that the...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Wildly uneven as it doggedly strives (sometimes with obvious strain) to sustain a free-wheeling, anything-goes air of exuberant junkiness.

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Crime, Parody & Spoof, Dark Comedy, Cult, epic journey