Machete Movie Review

by Jhet Bhlak on September 23, 2010

Last weekend I saw the movie Machete with Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Robert De Niro, Lindsay Lohan, Cheech Marin, Michelle Rodriguez…and the list goes on and on. There are tons of recognizable actors and actresses in here. I decided to wait to do a review to let the movie really sink in to see if I still felt the same as I initially did.

If you’re after blood, guts, guns, action and explosions you will probably like this movie. There is plenty of mindless fun and the one-liners are pretty entertaining. If, that is, you can get past the political dogma that is being forced down your throat.

Machete takes the issue of illegal immigration and divides it up into two, and only two, sides. It is a hyper partisan political message packaged into a hack and slash action movie for mass consumption. There is no middle ground to be found.

There are two main types of people in this movie. First you have the poor, hardworking, illegal, Mexican workers who are upstanding citizens just trying to feed their families. And then you have the borderline retarded, racist Americans who just want to kill all the illegals. There is also the drug lord Torrez and the corrupt Senator Mclaughlin that somewhat fit into those two categories.

Talk about throwing a wedge between people!

The bottom line is, if you can get past the political message, the movie will be entertaining if you like bloody, violent movies. To me, the movie was too polarizing with it’s political views for me to fully enjoy watching it. I felt as though they were trying to indoctrinate me to their political views with nearly every line of the movie.

As a side note I thought Lindsay Lohan played her role very well…

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