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The smartest hero of the Exploitation Action Cinema is back. Machete (Danny Trejo) once again swings his name-giving machete in the name of revenge and justice. After his big love Sartana (Jessica Alba) is murdered in a fight against a drug cartel, Machete actually wants to withdraw completely. But then he gets an order from the President of the United States (Charlie Sheen), which the ex-Federal Agent accepts in exchange for American citizenship. With the help of an undercover agent (Amber Heard) posing as Miss San Antonio, Machete manages to get to the cartel boss Mendez (Demián Bichir), whom he is supposed to take out. Too bad he pointed a nuclear missile at Washington and connected the detonator to his heart. So Machete must let the gangster live and bring him to the USA to the only man who can defuse the firing mechanism: the heavy and eccentric arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson). He only has 24 hours to do that. Not an easy task, especially since many followers are sticking to his heels, who do everything in their power to finally eliminate machete…
The development of "Machete" is simply wonderfully absurd. The whole thing started as a fake trailer, which was shown between the two films of the Grindhouse double feature by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. This trailer was so entertaining that it received more attention than the actual feature films. And so it was quickly decided to turn the short trailer into an entire feature film. This was a wonderfully exaggeratedly brutal fun, which almost screamed for a sequel. Robert Rodriguez now delivers these with "Machete Kills". If he could already put together a very illustrious cast for the first part, he was able to add a shovel for part 2 in this respect. Charlie Sheen as US President, Mel Gibson as crazy villain with dangerous omnipotence fantasies, Sofia Vergara as vengeful madam with killer bra, as well as short performances of Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga or Alexa Vega from the "Spy Kids" films, who has matured into a damn sexy lady in the meantime, clearly increase the fun factor of this sequel.
The film also tries to top the first part in terms of action and dirty grindhouse brutality, with particularly bizarre and unrestrainedly exaggerated ideas. But unfortunately this just doesn't work out. While "Machete" was extremely uninhibitedly politically incorrect and in a certain way also quite original when it comes to sex and brutality, the whole thing almost takes on cartoon-like traits. That's why what seemed amusing and wonderfully bizarre in the first movie seems rather silly or even ridiculous here. Worst of all, Danny Trejo's machete has lost a lot of his coolness. The weak script puts slogans in his mouth that threaten to make machete into a joke. And the cool Mexican really doesn't deserve that.
"Machete Kills" has some very amusing moments and good show values. Seeing Mel Gibson alone as an eccentric villain is a lot of fun. And there are also numerous scenes that offer best grindhouse entertainment to those viewers who liked the first part. But unfortunately, the positive aspects are embedded in moments of boredom, pale gags and surprisingly powerless action scenes. The result is a rather disappointing overall picture at the end, which has only a few real highlights, but all the more irrelevant to offer. And even if the (fake?) trailer for "Machete Kills again…in Space" looks extremely funny, the anticipation for another machete adventure after this rather weak second part is very limited. Therefore: only for hardcore fans of the first movie with some cuts worth seeing!
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