Danny Trejo cuts down Steven Seagal with a Machete (2010)
Mexploitation and action explodes onto the screen as Machete (Danny Trejo) takes on a corrupted politician and drug lord in the 2010 action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis.
The film also stars a heavy weight cast of Nathan Cartwright, Jessica Alba, Robert De Niro, Michele Rodriguez and Steven Seagal with Linsay Lohan.
The film begins with Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo), a Mexican Federale agent who is double crossed by his corrupt chief working for drug baron Rogelio Torrez (Steven Seagal).
Fast forward three years later and Cortez is on the other side of the border trying to earn a decent living. He is hired by Michael Booth (Jeff Fahey) to assassinate Texan senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro). Unfortunately, he is double crossed and framed for the ‘assassination attempt’ on the senator. Things get really heated up when Cortez goes out for vengeance.
It has taken Danny Trejo a while but he finally is given a deserving protagonist role. He has had such roles especially in the Spy Kids series but not as the main character. He has featured in numerous Hollywood films most notably in the antagonist roles.
His distinct appearance and tattoos give a natural ‘bad guy’ vibe. However, this role, although spotting the same distinct features is a ‘good guy’ and looks like his Navajas role in Desperado.
The most exciting part of this film, for me, was seeing Steven Seagal getting killed. I’ve watched a dozen Seagal movies and I’ve noticed that he never gets beat, never gets bruised or roughed up, even in this one he goes out in style. His dialect and speaking pace (slow) does seem to sit well with his character.
The A list supporting cast gives the impression that actors and actresses are tired of restrictive roles and moving into B rated grind house films with heavy weights like De Niro, Alba, Rodriguez putting lead into their roles. Alba and Rodriguez play opposing roles united by Machete, both also vying for his affections.
Robert Rodriguez, who also co-directed the film, wrote the script especially for Trejo after seeing him in Desperado opposite Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek.
This is a grind-house exploitation film and if you are expecting some sort of drama then your certainly entered the wrong house. However, rest assured that the action is satisfying with enough blood to fill up your screen.