Danny Trejo returns as Machete, a ex-Federale agent, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission that would seem impossible for any normal man. With the capitol in danger Machete is tasked with bringing down a madman revolutionary and a billionaire arms dealer whose sinister plan could cause the end of civilization as we know it. Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills is another somewhat enjoyable ode to grindhouse cinema that entertains more so than it doesn't. Machete Kills delivers pretty much what one would expect with lots of cheesy over-the-top violence, intentionally laughable action scenes, and an overabundance of self-awareness. Rodriguez assembles one of the strangest casts in recent memory from Lady Gaga to Mel Gibson, and Cuba Gooding Jr, letting them play in this ridiculous world. Many of the criticism's centered around Machete Kills is the notion that we've seen this joke done before, and sure we have, but that doesn't mean Machete Kill's isn't able to be creative in its execution. For example, there is a hitman character known as the Chameleon, who changes his face every-time he is spotted. This lets Rodriguez and his actors have a lot of fun with Cuba Gooding Jr, Walter Goggins, Lady Gaga, and Antonio Banderas all being the same character. My biggest complaint with Machete Kills is actually the digital photography which looks far too clean and polished for a film that is supposed to be replicating the grindhouse era. I guess I could see the argument that the joke runs itself out towards the end, especially because the film is 15 minutes too long, but Machete Kills is a step up from the first film and is a fun experience if you enjoy this type of thing.
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