MACHETE KILLS (VVS, 2013) D: Robert Rodriguez, w/ Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez. Rating: NN; Blu-ray package: NN Rating: NN
Machete Kills is bigger and splashier than 2010's original Machete, but less fun in the way that the Roger Moore James Bonds are less fun than Sean Connery's: too much foolishness, too few thrills.
This time, ultimate Mexican macho man Machete (Danny Trejo) is sent by the U.S. president (Charlie Sheen) to take out a Mexican revolutionary who's armed with a warhead aimed at Washington. This leads to a mad munitions magnate (Mel Gibson) with a plan to destroy the world and colonize space.
A 500-mile chase involving a shape-shifting assassin, vengeance-crazed hookers and a host of others in pursuit highlights the non-stop action, but except for the inventive weaponization of helicopters and a speedboat, it's ordinary stuff delivered in director Robert Rodriguez's cheap and cheesy 70s exploitationer style.
The comedy works better. Gibson does airy eccentricity. Amber Heard camps and vamps as Machete's beauty queen handler. Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Walton Goggins all have big fun as the shape-shifting assassin.
Brief extras provide minimal information and no fun.
EXTRAS Making-of interviews, on-set footage, promo spot, deleted scenes. English, French audio and subtitles.