“Oh my goodness. That lady just shot blades out of her boobs.” – Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom
MACHETE KILLS (2013 Aldamisa)
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Machete Kills is the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’ Machete (2010), starring 69 year old cult hero Danny Trejo. Minor spoiler alert: It begins with an over the top preview trailer for the third Machete movie, guest starring “Justin Bieber” as “Bleep”. (Guess what happens to “Bleep”!)* Hold on to your hats.
For Machete Kills, I decided to co-review it with special guest, Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom. I enjoy subjecting Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom to movies now and then. Sometimes she likes them: Paul (2011) was her favourite of my selections. Jackass 3D (2010) was definitely her least favourite.
Machete Kills sort of has a plot: The US military is selling weapons to the cartel. Another mysterious faction with black Venom-like masks are also after the weapons. The masked leader of this group gives Machete something terrible to avenge. Then, the President of the United States of America (Carlos Estevez/Charlie Sheen) makes him offer he can’t refuse, and he is soon back in Mexico fighting a one-man war. But he is not completely on his own, as undercover agent Miss San Antonio (Amber Heard) has plenty of gadgets that go boom. His target: Marcos Mendez, the head of the cartel with a nuke aimed at Washington.
Add in a master of disguise after a $20M bounty, a Star Wars-obsessed evil genius, Sofía Vergara’s machine gun boobs, a madman with multiple personalities and a load of evil clones, and we’re in for a good time.
The story as such serves simply to introduce the complex of characters. Machete is less a film and more a series of action sequences separated by dialogue explaining what’s happening. As the movie goes on, many interested parties emerge (all played by big name actors or Rodriguez regulars). There are so many back-stabs and switcheroos that we are well past incredulity and into outlandish. Machete is a perfect mix of camp and violence. Although the movie seems built to support the large cast, the actors in turn are all pros clearly having a good time. I liked them all…all but Amber Heard. Something about her, so wooden.
I made three minor observations. 1) It’s convenient that the bad guys only attack Machete one at a time. 2) It’s also a good thing for Machete that none of the generic bad guys can aim. 3) The female characters in the movie might want to put on some pants next time they go into combat.
As for my co-reviewer, Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom didn’t like when Machete’s girlfriend Sartana (Jessica Alba) gets shot in the head. “She was a pretty girl,” she says. “She shouldn’t have been shot.” She also didn’t like seeing Marko Zaror getting sucked into helicopter blades by his intestines. Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom had a few choice words for Lady Gaga, which she asked me to edit out so to avoid the wrath of her Little Monsters. She did not enjoy the number of heads that got removed from their bodies (at least a dozen), but I did see her laugh at several points. She largely enjoyed the cast, particularly Mel Gibson. Upon seeing Carlos Estevez, she shrieked “He’s the President? Oh my God!” She did not enjoy the foul language, particularly when out of the mouths of the young female characters.
4/5 stars – LeBrain
A “solid” 3/5 stars – Mrs. LeBrain’s Mom (“It was really kind of…strange.”)
* actors subject to change