Film Review: Machete Kills

Machete Kills

Machete Kills is an enjoyable follow up to Robert Rodriguez’s 2010 hit. The film focuses on the absurd; an aspect that entertains throughout.

Ex-Federale Machete is hired by no less than the American president himself for a critical mission. Machete needs to find arms dealer Mandez before he launches a weapon that could have catastrophic consequences…

Machete Kills continues soon after the first film ends, but swiftly takes a detour in terms of narrative. Whereas Machete had its silly moments, but more serious themes at play, Machete Kills embraces a farcical James Bond-esque plot, pitting Machete as the unlikely saviour.

The film takes on a more absurd edge than its predecessor, but this is what makes the film so entertaining. The plot lurches from silly to absurd, taking the audience along with it for the ride.

Machete Kills taps into the ‘Mexploitation’ vibe more effectively than the original film. There are moments that have a real 1970s feel to them, and the film instils B movie values. The preview at the beginning of the film as an amusing touch, and one that harks back to the Machete character’s origins.

This sequel also features females in prominent roles. Whilst these characters might be fiesty and trigger-happy, their power is negated by the choice of attire. Although this could be seen as replicating the type of film that Machete Kills pastiches, it is a shame that the main female characters are not a little more progressive.

More so than its predecessor, there is stunt casting galore in Machete Kills. This comes in the form of Charlie Sheen as US president, and roles for Mel Gibson and Lady Gaga. Elsewhere, Danny Trejo reprises his role well, while Amber Heard and Demian Bichir seem to be having fun.

Machete Kills should satisfy fans of the first film, as well as appealing to those with a taste for the absurd.

Stuff To Look At

Film stuffs galore, including the Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit trailer, Machete Kills, Into The Woods and more…

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Here is the first Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit trailer. The release of the trailer comes in the same week as the character’s creator, author Tom Clancy, passed away. Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh (who also directs), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is out in UK cinemas on 26th December 2013.

Rio 2

Talking animal alert! Rio 2 features the voices of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Leslie Mann and Jamie Foxx. Blu, Jewel and their three children venture to the Amazon for a family reunion. Rio 2 is due for release in April 2014.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Here is the latest trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. This middle instalment features Orlando Bloom returning as Legolas, but a distinct lack of Gollum in the trailer at least. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is out in UK cinemas on 13th December 2013.

Machete Kills

Machete Kills is the follow up to 2010’s Machete. The film features more outlandish casting (including Charlie Sheen) and a more outlandish plot. Machete Kills hits cinemas on 11th October 2013.

Into The Woods

Meryl Streep Into The Woods

Well, Meryl Streep looks different. She plays the Witch in the first image released from Into The Woods. Based on the musical of the same name, Into The Woods is an amalgamation of a number of well-known fairy tales. The film also stars Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine. It is set for a Christmas Day 2014 release in the US.


Here is the first full trailer for Disney animation Frozen. With a talking snowman as a sidekick, the film seems perfect for Christmas. Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Idina Menzel provide the voices. Frozen   hits UK screens on 6th December 2013.