After having sat through the enjoyable but mind-numbingly violent Machete, I’ve come up with a new movie category: bloodbath porn. From the very first scene in this Robert Rodriguez homage to 70s action films, Machete has a body count that I can’t recall seeing an equal of since the Rambo series. Not into decapitation? Then this probably isn’t the film for you.
Machete was spawned from a fake movie trailer buried in the earlier Rodriguez (and Quentin Tarantino) film Grindhouse. The challenge was to turn an amusing 30-second spot into a 90 minute movie. Hardly an auspicious basis for a thoughtful film, but then again, Machete isn’t very thoughtful or deep.