CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 18
  • Horror
  • 2010

Machete

Machete

Synopsis

Star studded B-movie horror homage adapted from 2007's Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez collaboration, Grindhouse

About

Given the critical and commercial disaster he suffered with Grindhouse one wonders exactly why Robert Rodriguez even bothered stretching out one of that film's popular fake trailers into a full-length feature. Never one to give up on an idea, RR picks up where his collaboration with Quentin Tarantino left off, but despite the relative fun to be had watching blood splatter walls and Uzi-toting twins in nurses' uniforms, it has the same problems Grindhouse did three years ago.

Professional bit-part actor Danny Trejo takes the lead role as the titular character who's short on words and long on enormous knives. The plot, which is as simple and stupid as you'd expect, is totally irrelevant and features powerful drug lords, corrupt senators, abnormally attractive immigrations officers and women who serve coffee by day and carry guns bigger than they are by night.

What should make for all the right ingredients for an alcohol-fuelled Saturday night at the cinema is once again hindered by problems that lie in the execution. Despite desperately clinging on to the exploitation style, Machete abandons the low-key production values about 10 minutes in and instead becomes a 20 million dollar Hollywood film full of A-listers and Steven Seagal.

If Rodriguez is so fond of the B-movies he's attempting to translate for a modern audience then why is the final product so bereft of anything that resembles affection? Worse still, it's not funny. Trejo removing several heads in one fell swoop may be amusing but the lone laugh in 105 minutes comes from a naked girl removing her mobile from, ahem, an unexpected place.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Robert De Niro
  • Director: Robert Rodriguez
  • Screen Writer: Robert Rodriguez
  • Producer: Elizabeth Avellan, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez
  • Composer: Carl Thiel, John Debney

In a nutshell

Yet another missed opportunity from Rodriguez who relies on hammy performances from acting legends instead of adequately attempting to recreate the genre he claims to love.

by Limara Salt

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Maps To The Stars

    Maps To The Stars

    Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska star in David Cronenberg's Hollywood caricature.

  • Film4 The Last Impresario

    The Last Impresario

    A documentary about Michael White, a prolific theatre and film producer

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Joe Cunningham's 11 recommendations for LFF 14

    Unfortunately I haven¿t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that¿s what makes the London Film Festival¿s compilation approach to progr

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Michael Leader's 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

    One of the best things about the London Film Festival¿s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there¿s an eclectic collection of exciting films o

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share