Robert Rodriguez’s 2013 release, Machete Kills is a cinematic milkshake made from a wide variety of pop culture cinematic ingredients. It’s not very nutritious, but it tastes damn fine. Danny Trejo is Machete, the latino badass who is part Rambo, part James Bond – all Mexican. He’s charged by the US President (Carlos Estevez, looking more and more like his father) to save the world from Luthor Voz (Mel Gibson), an evil megalomaniac who wants to start a new civilisation in space. Machete’s mission sees him kill, bed and behead a variety of friends and foes as he attempts to complete his mission and his tactics (much like the movie) aren’t subtle.
Machete Kills works as grind house movie and Rodriguez wears his exploitation influences on his sleeve. He leaves no corner stone of cinema unturned as he attempts to deliver an auctioneer that features…well, pretty much everything. He brings a lot of famous faces along for the ride (Lady Gaga, Amber Heard, Cuba Gooding Jr, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez and Antonio Banderas) as he attempts to deliver a film that is the ultimate cinematic fantasy.
Budgeted at $20 million, Machete Kills grossed $8 million at the US box office and $17.4 million globally when it was released in 2013.