The sequel to 2010’s Machete sees Danny Trejo reprise his role as the titular antihero. Here he is recruited by the U.S. govt. to stop an arms dealer and revolutionary. The DVD/Blu-ray is out today.
Continuing the story of an ex-federale (Danny Trejo) known as Machete, the film joins Hobo with a Shotgun and Machete as movies to have been inspired by the fake trailers that appeared during the release of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. The latest film sees the eponymous antihero recruited by the American government to stop an arms dealer played by Mel Gibson and a revolutionary played by Demian Birchir.
Typical of Rodriguez and his Grindhouse “world”, Machete Kills is preceded by a fake trailer for another sequel called Machete Kills Again…In Space. This fun-looking sci-fi revenge-western features a cast that includes Justin Bieber playing a robot who gets destroyed and a masked Leonardo DiCaprio with the sub-note that the actor is subject to change.
Given this we can assume our hero in Machete Kills does survive in the end but the fun, of course, is seeing how he gets there. Indeed, Machete is up against his toughest opponent yet – the crazy Marcos Mendez (Birchir) whose heart, believe it or not, has been wired to a nuclear bomb! As we’ve come to expect from these manufactured cult movies, the ironic elements are present and correct as Rodriguez plays on trashy b-movie tropes with a sense of glee (and a significant helping of CGI to up the ante).
The extensive cast sees Michelle Rodriguez, Tom Savini, Billy Blair, Electra and Elise Avellan, Felix Sabates and Jessica Alba reprising their roles while Mel Gibson joins in on the fun alongside Amber Heard, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Hudgens and Charlie Sheen. Due to the Hispanic theme, Sheen insisted on using his birth name Carlos Estevez and is given an ironic “introducing” credit.
To mark the film’s release on DVD and blu-ray in the UK today, Lionsgate Films has produced some fan made videos celebrating the film’s cartoonish, over-the-top violence. In this film, a man asks “Machete” for a haircut with disastrous results!