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Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez in a scene from Machete Kills. (Rico Torres/AP)
Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez in a scene from Machete Kills. (Rico Torres/AP)

Machete Kills: So intentionally ridiculous that it’s boring Add to ...

  • Directed by Robert Rodriguez
  • Written by Kyle Ward
  • Starring Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga
  • Classification 14A
  • Year 2013
  • Country USA
  • Language English

Oh boy, does he ever. Machete (Danny Trejo) kills with guns. He kills with a machete (no surprise there). He’ll pull a man’s guts out with his bare hands, all while being chased by a band of leather-clad, machine-gun-wielding prostitutes.

Like its predecessor, Machete, this is an over-the-top grindhouse extravaganza. There’s plenty of cheesy schlock: a mission to capture a man with a bomb’s detonator wired to his heart, a villain played by Mel Gibson dressed like Dr. Evil who is out to destroy the world, a U.S. president played by Charlie Sheen, and plenty of blood splatter.

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But it is all so intentionally ridiculous that it gets boring, and you just wait for the next big cornball revelation to momentarily jolt you awake, like Sofia Vergara strapping on her machine-gun bra, or Lady Gaga’s appearance as a hit woman. Machete kills, sure. Unfortunately, he overkills.

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