Machete – Review (Film)

Machete, which made it onto my list of best films of 2010, was born out of one of the fake Grindhouse trailers that were sandwiched between Planet Terror and Death Proof.

Finally getting a full feature release 3 years after it’s trailer debut – Machete is a film very much in the vein of Grindhouse.

I saw it last year but other articles/reviews meant it’s taken me a while to get the review up.

Telling the story of Machete Cortez (the ever awesome Danny Trejo), a Mexican Federal who is now down on his luck in the US after a tangle with a drug lord, Rogelio Torrez (played superbly by Steven Seagal).

After being double-crossed and left for dead Machete is on a revenge mission to take down those who betrayed him.

With some great performances from Cheech Marin, Jessica Alba and Michelle Rodriguez this is definitely a film that you will enjoy if you liked Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror.

The story is cheesy and the characters are about as two dinmesional as you can get but there’s a reason for that, it’s the way Grindhouse should be.

Machete is a pure popcorn movie, except it has gratutatious violence, sex and swearing. If you’re easily offended give this one a swerve but if you like these kind of genre films then Machete is well worth checking out.

Rating: 8/10

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GregHorrorShow: The Films of 2010

I was actually quite surprised by the lack of films I’ve seen this year but having a baby (and another small child) means time is limited and a lot of it goes into games and TV.

However I have seen a few great films, some of which were on DVD but obviously didn’t get mentioned last year by me.

So here you go my recommended films from the ones I got to check out:

  • Machete
  • Monsters
  • Kick Ass
  • Toy Story 3
  • West Is West
  • The Hurt Locker (DVD)
  • Inglourious Basterds (DVD)
  • Anvil (DVD)
  • Sherlock Holmes (DVD)
  • Green Zone (DVD)

Plenty of great stuff in there but my film of the year has to be Kick Ass. What a great film featuring¬†some wonderful performances from it’s actors, with Nicolas Cage and Chloe Moretz impressing.

Of course Machete makes the grade and if you liked the ‘fake’ Grindhouse you’ll love this one – Danny Trejo is at his best as the machete wielding Mexican.

Monsters was a fantastic small budget film. Shot for about ¬£250k it’s a love story set against the backdrop of an alien invasion – it’s not as stupid as it sounds.

If you’re into music you should definitely check out Anvil – it’s the touching story of an old metal band still looking for that elusive breakthrough. There were plenty of war films this year with two of the better ones I saw being Green Zone and The Hurt Locker. The Hurt Locker in particular showed a different side to the conflict and the struggles of the soldiers on the ground.

Close runner up for film of the year was Inglourious Basterds, with some brilliant performances and a return to form for Quentin Tarantino.

Sherlock Holmes was throwaway fun and for the kids (and the grown ups) Toy Story 3 rounded out the trilogy superbly.

So there we go – there were lots of films I wanted to see but never got a chance to (Scott Pilgrim, The Expendables and The Town to name but a few) so let me know what you guys would recommend in the comments.

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