Running time: 107 minutes
Starring: Danny Trejo, Demián Bichir, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Charlie Sheen
Who to see it with: B-movie lovers
Machete Kills is the third appearance of Danny Trejo's often silent, gratuitously violent character. This time, Machete is recruited by the foulmouthed U.S. President (Sheen) to stop a complicated plot involving a crazy revolutionary (Bichir). His quest is helped and hindered by a long lineup of attractive, often scantily clad ladies, and features encounters with strange characters often played by actors you wouldn't expect to see in an exploitation action film.
Like Machete's other appearances, MK intentionally resembles a B-movie and is filled with comically over-the-top blood and violence, low budget special effects and corny writing. I think the joke may have worked best in Grindhouse's brief fake trailer, but MK provides a fair amount of humorously silly action and dialogue. It feels a little long. I think Rodriguez could have amped up the madness while editing out the slower parts. This is coming from someone who hasn't seen the first film, so I wonder if those who have will feel that the franchise is starting to get old. It's fun to see the wide range of actors so gamely participate in a goofy, comic action film, but there are a lot of moments that just feel mediocre rather than like inspired nonsense. Machete Kills is not for everyone—really, probably not for most—and its comically lame writing is sometimes just bad, but B-movie fans will get some laughs from its most absurd, excessively violent moments.