Saturday, September 4, 2010
(Mini) Film Review: Machete
This review is going to be relatively short and straightforward, because a lot of the things successful and unsuccessful with the film were the same way in the trailer. When you put everything together in Machete, it's one hell of a mixed bag, but mostly filled with enjoyable goodies. It's a lot like when you have a ton of candy, and you more enjoyment when you're having it than you do afterwords. In short, this film won't stay in your mind for long after you leave the theater, but you'll be glad that you saw it.
The plot of Machete is pretty straightforward. Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ex-federale who is hired to kill a senator who is tough on illegal immigrants (Robert Deniro). He is then double-crossed, soon after which he goes on a quest for vengeance. Now this film has about eighteen characters, and that sets up for Rodriguez's best ensemble in years. Lindsey Lohan somehow found a part in this movie, and I still don't like her in anything. Her character in the film is the same as her character in real life. You can get an idea in your head of what that means.
Danny Trejo, Cheech Marin, and Robert Deniro all put up great cheesy work. Daryl Sabara, otherwise known as the Spy Kid, makes an appearance, but you barely recognize him at all, and he doesn't make much of an impression. We're sure to see more of him in Spy Kids 4: Armageddon, also directed by Rodriguez. My favorite actor in this film is Jeff Fahey (Lost), who plays the man who screws over Machete. He's got such a charismatic persona that permeates into every character he plays. I wish he took bigger roles than this.
The music and cinematography are extremely cheesy, and they're supposed to be. They often elicit a hilarious reaction from the audience in the screening I attended. Ultimately, Machete is one trashy miracle after another, and though it won't leave any last impression on you, you'll enjoy yourself while it's happening.