The roots for the 2010 film MACHETE started humbly as a trailer parody on The Grindhouse double feature PLANET TERROR And DEATH PROOF directed by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. I doubt anyone really thought that the joke trailer would actually lead to a movie starring character actor Danny Trejo. But in 2010, that’s exactly what happened. The movie MACHETE incorporated key scenes from the faux trailer and utilized an all-star cast which included Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, Steven Seagal and Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, to tell the story of a mexican federale on a rampage of revenge.
The film was a critical and commercial success. With audiences completely in on the joke that the film was a parody of a low budget, exploitation film. After that success it’s not surprising that the film has spawned a sequel now titled MACHETE KILLS.
Is that a good thing?
I guess if you appreciate the original joke, another movie wouldn’t hurt. The trailer definitely turns up the cheese factor. This time the cast features returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and Danny Trejo as the title character. Joining them are an eclectic group of performers which includes Lady Gaga, Charlie Sheen, (being billed as Carlos Estevez), Antonio Banderas, Amber Heard and Academy Award winners Mel Gibson and Cuba Gooding Jr.
So is the trailer good?
Well, I’m not exactly sure if the trailer is supposed to be good. I guess, one can say it perks a certain level of curiosity. Especially with the impressive cast. The question is, will the cast be unbearably hamming it up for an hour and half. Is the audience willing to sit through another sequel with that kind of admittedly silly content and storyline. It all depends, I guess, on if the audience members are in the right mood for something like this. The original film had a certain level of originality to it. Will audiences still be receptive to seeing low budget, exploitation antics being played out again?
That…I guess, is for the audience to decide.
MACHETE KILLS stars Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Mel Gibson, Jessica Alba, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Hudgens, Lady Gaga, Alexa Vega and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is directed by Robert Rodriguez and is scheduled for release September 13, 2013.
In MACHETE KILLS, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent MACHETE, who is recruited by the President of the United States for a mission which would be impossible for any mortal man – he must take down a madman revolutionary and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has hatched a plan to spread war and anarchy across the planet.