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 "Machete Kills" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

 Danny Trejo returns as legendary ex-Federale Machete Cortez in this action-packed thrill ride from innovative director Robert Rodriguez. In his latest mission, Machete is recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson) from starting a nuclear war. With a bounty on his head, Machete breaks all the rules as he faces death at every turn from a star-studded cast of deadly assassins. Featuring Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Demian Bichir, Machete Kills is one of the wildest save-the-world adventures ever captured on film.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2014, Color, Rated R, 1 Hrs 38 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS HD Master
  • Starring: Danny Trejo, Charlie Sheen, Mel Gibson
  • Directed by: Robert  Rodriguez
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Discreet
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The sequel to Machete, this campy nod to grindhouse B-movie action flicks of the 70’s was originally a “preview of coming attractions” to Rodriguez’ s other action zombie movie. Full of action, machismo, explosions, blood splatter and humor, Danny Trejo is the ultimate Latino Terminator. None of this is Oscar material, but it is a fun way to destroy a few hours with the guys on a Saturday night. The story is simple, the action fast and the women are hot (but no nudity). I don't think Lady Gaga adds to the overall success of the film and Mel Gibson just doesn't come a cross as a mad, evil villian...but what do I know? Afterall, I am perfectly OK with Charlie Sheen as the POTUS. (Several F-bombs fly along with the bullets and knives, so be forewarned!)

Technical

The picture is generally very sharp (like a machete) and every pock-mark on Trejo’s face looks deep and dark. His face looks like it was on fire and someone beat it out with a rake! The “previews’ are purposefully shot with splices and dirt flecks to add to the 70’s feel, but the actual movie itself looks quite good. The sound is also well presented with bullets whizzing from front back. The sub kicks in often with every deep thud from a punch or blammo from a bomb going off. Needless to say, you will not nod off during this movie. If this movie sounds like your shot of Tequila, turn the volume up and your mind down…and enjoy!

Extras

The “making of”, deleted scenes and commentaries along with a preview of “Machete in Space”.