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Machete

3.9 out of 5 stars 532 customer reviews

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Product Description

From director Robert Rodriguez (Grindhouse, Sin City) comes an action- packed, cutting-edge serving of carnage asada...with killer deleted scenes that deliver more guns, more girls and more Machete action!

Set up, double-crossed and left for dead, Machete (Danny Trejo) is an ass-kicking ex-Federale who lays waste to anything that gets in his path. As he takes on hitmen, vigilantes and a ruthless drug cartel, bullets fly, blades clash and the body count rises. Any way you slice it, vengeance has a new name--Machete.

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As a tribute to both the hyperbolic excesses of 1970s drive-in cinema and the fearsome screen persona of veteran character actor Danny Trejo, producer-writer-codirector Robert Rodriguez's Machete is, in grindhouse parlance, one mean mother. A full-length version of Rodriguez's faux "Mexsploitation" trailer in Grindhouse, Machete sketches, in the boldest strokes possible, the adventures of its titular hero (Trejo), a former federal agent turned day laborer after losing his wife and child to a katana-wielding drug lord (Steven Seagal, of all people). Recruited by shady businessman Jeff Fahey (Lost) to assassinate a rabble-rousing senator (Robert De Niro) with a particular hate vibe for immigrants, Machete soon finds himself the target of government agents, border vigilantes (led by Don Johnson!), and about half the state of Texas. Unfortunately, none seem to realize the film's central thesis: Machete's business is killing, and business is booming.

Viewers expecting subtlety or even story coherence in Machete should probably check out another movie; the script by Rodriguez and cousin Alvaro leaves no genre cliché or absurd scenario untouched, resulting in less of a plot than a collection of over-the-top set pieces, dialogue, and casting stunts (Johnson, Lindsay Lohan as Fahey's libertine daughter, and Rodriguez regulars Cheech Marin, Daryl Sabara, Tom Savini, Michael Parks, and an uncredited Rose McGowan). Most of the cast seems in on the joke, most notably a gleefully over-the-top De Niro and Michelle Rodriguez as a taco truck operator/revolutionary leader who borrows her look from the infamous Thriller: A Cruel Picture (Jessica Alba is also on board as a sympathetic fed who becomes Machete's love interest). Though it's occasionally overlong and unnecessarily convoluted, the film's value rests on how well it allows star Danny Trejo to exude his steely, implacable Danny Trejo-ness; on those merits alone, Machete is a blockbuster. --Paul Gaita


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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Danny Trejo, Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba
    • Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish
    • Dubbed: French, Spanish
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated:
      R
      Restricted
    • Studio: 20th Century Fox
    • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
    • Run Time: 105 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (532 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B002ZG98C8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,548 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Machete" on IMDb

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    By Melkor VINE VOICE on January 3, 2011
    Format: Blu-ray
    Jan 3, 2011:
    This isn't so much a review of the film itself, but of the product. I'm writing to inform people of a future Double Dip. In an interview in October 2010, Robert Rodriguez said that there is going to be an "Ultra-violent Director's Cut" of the movie to be released on home video. No release date has been announced for that DVD yet, but I assume that version of the film will have the usual Rodriguez extras such as a commentary, a film school, and a cooking school (all of which are not on the current DVD/Blu releases).

    If you like "Machete" enough to buy it, but don't care about different versions, extras, etc., then go ahead and get this version of the film. If LOVE "Machete" and you want to hold out, then save your money and wait for the next version of the DVD/Blu that will come out. Fair warning: looking at the double dips for other Rodriguez films such as "Grindhouse" and "From Dusk Til Dawn", the next release could be possibly several months or years from the date I'm writing this review. If you can't wait, go ahead and pick up this version.
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    This is an amazing movie. If you took parts of Itchy & Scratchy, GTA San Andreas, Blaxploitation movies of the 70s, and bad porn, and then had it stirred up, dipped in batter, and deep fried by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's unholy spawn, you get this stupidly perfect movie.

    Some of the scenes in this insane grindhouse fest will have you pause, rewind, re-watch, and repeat: they are that freaking over-the-top. There were at least a half dozen literal jaw-dropping, eye-bulging, WOW moments. I wish I could share some of the great moments but they have to be witnessed in stunned amazement as I did, without any preparation.

    Now let's get this straight; this movie has almost no genuine redeeming cinematic qualities. The plot is ridiculous, the script inane, there is no semblance of reality, and there is a moronically heavy handed pro-illegal immigrant message. However, there is a reason this movie boasts big names and I'm pretty sure it wasn't for the paycheck or the chance to get an Oscar. It's because this is pure artery-clogging joy. If you feel the need to critique this movie you probably also look for the sanitary qualities of a truck taco. I don't know about you, but some of the best food I've ever eaten came from a truck. I can't sum it up any better than that.
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    Blood, violence, babes and non stop action. what more could you want. This guy is a rough looking dude but gets all the women.. How does he do it? Plot is simple, lots of top name celebrities. Pure entertainment!
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    This turned out to be an excellent movie. The lead character(played by Danny Tejo) is set up by crooked law enforcement officers. The dishonorable law
    enforcement are on the payroll of a drug lord named Torres(played by Stephen Seagal). This set up results in his wife and daughter being killed by the
    forces of evil. He reemerges as an unknown. He starts finding these people who are in league with the drug lord. A businessman played by Jeff Fahey is
    the go between for the Mexican drug lords. In the meantime Machete is killing the forces of evil. Robert Deniro plays the role of an unscrupulous man who
    is running for reelection. He has the full support of the drug people. Another villain of note is played by Don Johnson. This is an action packed movie that
    has nonstop action. @Watch Machete fight the forces of evil.
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    Oscar worthy material. Why isn't there an Oscar category for best B-movie? I love B-movies. I headed straight over to Harbor Freight and bought a machete after watching this. My wife made me put it in the garage but I know, someday the 'training' I received from this educational thriller will be invaluable. O.K. got to go wash the dog now, bye.
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    Action, guns, gore, nudity, and MACHETES! It's not a deep and thought provoking film, its just a simple story of revenge with the whirlwind of chaos and mayhem intertwined with some other minor story lines. I absolutely love the cast! I'd have to say, just like those Scary Movie movies, what piqued my interest was the range of cast members from Robert DeNiro to Lindsay Lohan. Plus, I always liked Danny Trejo, and was glad to see him in his own movie!

    This is just that stereotypical "GUY" movie, action, violence, and nudity! But its done to perfection with this one!
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    i like it . it was interesting to see steven segal as a bad guy, i don't recall a movie where he played one until i got this one. so i really enjoyed this one as i am a fan of steven segal and i own at least 42 dvds of his movies. so this was a surpise.
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    Machete is by far a very entertaining movie by Mr. Robert Rodriguez with an all star cast, over the top action stunts, an actor you just love to root for in action movies Danny Trejo, and some racist language plus the cars bouncing up and down on the road as they are driven. As for myself I personally enjoyed every moment of this movie some parts laughing so hard my gut hurt, they action scenes thinking oh yeah slice those guys up make them pay. Though a few scenes went way over the top (spoilers) like a prist with shotguns in his hands, then nail to the cross, then one actor with a Machete in his belly saying "oh this is nothing." Then goes head and slices his own belly back forth until he dies. But don't believe what everyone says about this movie, buy it for yourself and make up your own mind if you like it or not. I got it for 7 dollars on amazon, and worth every dollar, and come oct 4th is Machete Kills the sequal to Machete. So in closing if you need a movie with action, drama, some comedy one liners then this is the movie for you buy it now.
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