Movie Review: Machete + Pre-Screening Evite

By Letty Martinez  |  08/20/2010

Danny Trejo as MacheteWith the upcoming theatrical release of director Robert Rodriguez's Machete coming next Friday (September 3), our folks at were able to get an advanced screening of the film, which features veteran Latino actor Danny Trejo in his first lead role.

Here's the full review, via

From childhood, Latinos have relied on American superheroes to idolize and admire. Now, as extraordinary as the Supermans and Spidermans of this world are, the common Latino shares absolutely nothing with them. In comes Robert Rodriguez to fill that superfigureless void by revealing to the world the man that is Machete, the first Latino superhero!

Danny Trejo, one of the culture's most familiar and beloved talents, executes his first lead role and holds his own amongst this star-studded supporting cast.

Machete has all the key elements one would expect from a Rodriguez-directed piece, such as non-stop, in your face, action, a hot chick for every liking, characters with shocking personalities, and a satiric storyline that although fictional, doesn't stray too far from our current social situation.

Trejo, who's acting abilities are as captivating as his iconic face, stars as an ex-federale whose run in with Mexico's drug kingpin, Torrez (Steven Segal), leaves him wifeless and looking for a new life in Texas, residence of his brother in the film, Padre (Cheech Marin). Machete tries to carry on with his life as a day laborer, but that quickly changes when he finds himself as a hired assassin caught in yet another web of corruption in this new land.

Along with the action star role, Machete also acquires a "Fabio" mystique about him. Romancing every woman he comes in contact with. From Sartana (Jessica Alba), an immigrations officer who's initial interest in him is that of a detective to suspect, to Luz (Michelle Rodriguez), whose taco truck lady veil uncovers to show not just a striking body but a revolutionary spirit and compassionate heart, to April (Lindsay Lohan), the privileged and self-destructive daughter of a clever yet cruel businessman, the ladies just can't resist Machete's charm.

Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro), who's the target of this whole conspiracy, will give you a chuckle as he plays a goofy, ill natured and callously-motivated Texas politician. By the end, when all the power players in this film encounter each other in an unforgettable brawl, you'll have more insight for the underlying immigration issue that we are seeing in both the movie and our present day society.

Rodriguez does amazingly well at portraying, as many if not, all points of view concerning this issue. Needless to say, this film, set to release September 3rd, will have you genuinely entertained. Thought provoking, visually alluring, action filled and with just the right amount of romance and comedy to be appealing to all, Machete will definitely be a well spent use of your money and although there's been deprivation of one for so long, Latinos can now proudly claim Machete as their very own superhero.

In addition, our folks over at SA Studios are holding a VIP screening of the upcoming film, alongside the case and filmmakers, on Wednesday (August 25) in downtown Los Angeles.

To RSVP, visit

Check out the flier below for further info:

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