Monday, October 18, 2010

Movie Review: Machete

Every once in a while I find a movie that I want to chat about with others, but unfortunately there's no one around. SO you, my dear reader friends, get to hear my commentary? Aren't you the lucky ones?


Am I the only one who thought this movie was a joke when it was a trailer in the Grindhouse double feature?

Not that I'm angry it's real! In fact I was pretty excited. 

Yes friends, side note on me, I'm a teenage guy at heart. I love TWSS jokes, I think death by decapitation is pretty darn cool and the more ridiculous a movie is the more likely I am to watch it. Now you know!

My thoughts? Machete was a whirl wind movie that literally flies by! At it's most superficial level it's an action filled ride with lots of fairly gory deaths. Danny Trejo is of course the perfect Machete, because he has that "I'm too bad-ass for you." kind of look about him. In this movie he SHINES. His very dry and acerbic wit just further compliments his overall persona. His weapon of choice? Why a machete of course! However when faced with a lack of one he is quite good at making due. Trust me.

Underneath this crazy ride is a hidden agenda though. I was kind of impressed with how well the social commentary about immigration into the United States (in this case Texas) was seamlessly placed into the movie. Luz (Michelle Rodriguez) runs an underground network that helps families immigrate into the U.S. She flies under the radar and places these people into new homes. My favorite part was that she mentions, multiple times, that she makes sure they pull their weight. Yes, they have jobs. Yes, they do their part. No, they don't mooch off of the government.

Overall I really liked this movie! There are some pretty ridiculous decapitation scenes that made me laugh out loud. Is that sad? I can't help it. Danny Trejo remains my favorite bad-ass of all time. If you're into action flicks and a bit of gratuitous violence, this is a movie you will love.


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