September 3rd, 2010
05:42 PM ET
Robert Rodriguez’s much-hyped “Machete” may have started out as a fake trailer in 2007’s “Grindhouse,” but the full-length feature finally arrives in theaters this weekend.
It stars Danny Trejo as the weapon-wielding Machete who finds himself seeking a violent justice after he gets caught up in an assassination plot meant to further a Texas senator's anti-immigration agenda. Michelle Rodriguez plays a taco-truck driving revolutionary; Jessica Alba takes a turn as a U.S. customs officer; and Lindsay Lohan also makes an appearance that we hear is mainly in the nude.
So if you’re the type of person who’s been anticipating this movie all along anyway, we doubt the reviews, good or bad, are going to change your mind. But if you’re still undecided on how badly you want to see what the fuss is about, the main question you need to ask is this: Can you stand some serious gore?
Ian Buckwalter over at NPR sounded satisfied with the feature, noting that “‘Machete’ shares the same trashy aesthetic as the exploitation films it self-consciously apes: bloody, near-cartoonish violence, a ludicrous plot, scenery-chewing performances and hammy dialogue. But Rodriguez and co-writer Alvaro Rodriguez infuse it with a self-awareness that builds on the inherent (but usually unintended) humor of those movies.”
For Boston Globe critic Ty Burr, “Machete” may be "junk," but it’s the kind you happily scarf down, enjoying the badness. “The movie’s an unexpected end-of-summer tonic: a trash guilty pleasure with a healthy (if really violent) sense of outrage. It’s also Rodriguez’s freest movie yet, and possibly his best,” Burr wrote.
So did "Machete" prove to be a gruesome good time? Let us know with an iReport review, and we’ll round up your thoughts after the holiday.
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