Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

,CyMachete' Cuts to the Chase

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

,CyMachete' Cuts to the Chase

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Danny Trejo stars as Machete in the film of the same name.

LOS ANGELES: Certainly, Machete is the best feature-length extension of a fake movie trailer in Hollywood history.

Fans who saw the trailer in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 Grindhouse double-feature continually asked Rodriguez to turn the make-believe ad featuring Danny Trejo into a real blood-and-guts vengeance flick.

Rodriguez has complied, maintaining a fair amount of the wicked humour and every bit of the savage bloodshed the trailer promised.

Viewers get precisely what they're paying for: beheadings, skewerings and kill shots to the head by the dozen, with other means of dispatch Co death by corkscrew, high heels, crucifixion Co tossed in for variety.

They also get a crazy range of supporting players Co Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, Lindsay Lohan Co all having a ball committing atrocities.

Rodriguez is like a kid in a candy store Co a pretty twisted kid in a very sick and disturbing candy store Co but fans of his R-rated stuff, including From Dusk Till Dawn and the El mariachi movies, already knew that and are on board.

They'll most definitely be on board with Machete, which gives ex-prison inmate Trejo his first lead role in a long career of mostly smallish parts as taciturn tough guys who choose their words carefully.

Trejo's Machete doesn't talk much, either, but he's a commandingly fun presence, a former Mexican federal cop working as a day labourer in Texas after being left for dead by drug kingpin Torrez (Seagal), who also killed his family.

Trouble follows Machete, who goes on the run after he's hired as the fall guy in an assassination attempt on a radically conservative anti-immigration state senator (De Niro).

Machete has the same made-on-the-cheap, outlandishly violent '70s vibe as Grindhouse, down to the funky music provided by Rodriguez's band Chingon (besides co-directing with Ethan Maniquis, Rodriguez also is a producer, co-writer and editor on the movie). …

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