Born out of a faux trailer in the Robert Rodriguez/ Quentin Tarantino experimental double feature “Grind House,” Machete garnered a niche, but strong, dedicated following since and the first movie did not disappoint (me, anyway). As advertised in the first film, it looks like we’ll be getting proper trilogy and on September 13, the crew returns with the dark second chapter “Machete Kills.” The first movie had a wide range of interesting casting choices, and the second one looks to up the ante. Aside from the few that are returning, for what promises to be a bloodier sequel, we get Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Demian Bichir, Alex Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jr., William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Mel Gibson. It is a casting choice equivalent of picking names out of a crazy hat, but it definitely got my attention.
This time Machete (Danny Trejo) will be recruited by the President of the United States to take down an insane revolutionary and his billionaire partner, who are planning to spread war and anarchy all across the globe. From protecting the illegal immigrants from an evil governor and his red neck border patrol to tackling war hungry anarchists about to destroy the world, it looks like they weren’t kidding about amping the action. I love Robert Rodriguez’s brand of silly, campy gore, but we’ll see how many more tricks he’s got up his sleeves (perhaps a double dutch competition involving two big intestines is in order). But, while I’m excited to see this movie, this all feels like a quiet prelude to what will probably be the greatest third movie in any trilogy…
Yes, “Machete Kills Again” is confirmed to be taking place in space, where there are space babes, machete-shaped light sabers, and hopefully aliens with intestines in case Machete needs to make a quick escape. When faced with a proposition like this, all else in life seem…meaningless.
Written by Daniel Lee