A Cut Above Cliche – Donny Grimm’s Machete Review
Probably the first movie made from a parody trailer, Machete surprisingly doesn’t do too bad for itself. This is the generic Robert Rodriguez modern day grindhouse flick. The formula? All action, star studded casts, no plotline and lots of graphic violence. It worked in the 70’s and it works today.
Lets start with the cast. Every one of Rodriguez’s grindhouse films had at least one big name actor. Planet Terror had Bruce Willis, Death Proof had Kurt Russel andMachete has Robert fucking De Niro, and he isn’t even a star. He’s more of a side character that you forget about immediately after he’s introduced, in this case as a corrupt senator. This is what always baffles me about Rodriguez. He hires the biggest actor he can find and gives them the most pisshead part he can think of. That aside, I’ve always like Danny Trejo as an actor. He’s always struck me as a gritty, no nonsense, “fuck with me and I’ll throw you through a picture window” sort of guy and its about time he’s got a nice violent starring role in a cliche action movie and who better to hire him than the king of cliche, Robert “balls of steel” Rodriguez.
Now, on to the movie. As I just said, it’s cliche as all hell, the plotline is so transparent forgetable that its almost like they abandoned it halfway through writing the script. This movie was quite clearly based on endless violence, sex and gore, which would have been unacceptable had it not been directed by RobbieRod. He’s gained somewhat of a reputation as an action director…yes i know its an understatement. Point being, if you are tired of your action movies holding to much plot and not enough shooting, pick this little gem up.
Final Rating: 3/5
– Donny Grimm