“Machete” is a 2010 American action-comedy film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. The film stars Danny Trejo as the titular character, a former Mexican Federale who seeks revenge against a corrupt senator (played by Robert De Niro) and his henchmen. The film also features an ensemble cast including Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, and Lindsay Lohan.
The film is based on a fake trailer that was part of the “Grindhouse” double feature that Rodriguez co-directed with Quentin Tarantino in 2007. The fake trailer was so well-received that Rodriguez decided to turn it into a feature-length film.
“Machete” is known for its over-the-top violence, outrageous characters, and political commentary on issues such as immigration and corruption. The film was a modest box office success and received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its grindhouse-style and others criticizing its lack of substance.
A sequel, “Machete Kills,” was released in 2013, and a third film, “Machete Kills Again… In Space!,” has been announced but has yet to be produced.
Duration: 105 min.