Friday, June 6, 2014

2013 - MACHETE KILLS, a failed B-movie spoof

Hispanic filmmaker Robert Rodriguez can't seem to let go of this Machete character he created for the Grindhouse film he and Quentin Tarantino directed in 2007.  The first film Machete was over the top with it's silly violence and comedy bits.   But the film also had a bizarre cast which included Lindsey Lohan, Cheech Martin, Steven Seagal and Robert De Niro of all people.

Going back to the well with the same silly formula as the first film just shows how tired his exaggerated B movie concept has become.  Rodriguez pulled together another eccentric cast and has lots of over the top violence but it all seems kind of stupid this time. 

As the lead Rodriguez again uses Danny Trejo an actor who is so physically stiff he seems like he can barely walk across the set much less hack people to death with a really big knife.  Rodriguez managed to talk Mel Gibson into appearing in his film and talk about how the mighty have fallen.  At least Gibson managed to inject some humor into this turkey but it's kind of painful to see him in this "bow wow" of a film at all.

Toward the end of Machete Kills, Rodriguez steals the plot of Moonraker with a space station in orbit ready to start a new world order.  It was at this point in the film I finally realized what I was watching was a very cut rate James Bond film.

108 minutes.

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