(2013) (Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action: The U.S. President recruits an enigmatic mercenary to kill a Mexican revolutionary who is threatening America with a nuclear bomb.
- Machete (DANNY TREJO), the legendary Mexican Federal turned mercenary, is on a mission with Agent Sartana Rivera (JESSICA ALBA in a cameo) when Sartana is murdered by a masked gunman and his legion of assassins. Machete is apprehended by federal agents and brought to U.S. President Rathcock (CHARLIE SHEEN, acting under his given name of CARLOS ESTEVEZ), who offers him amnesty and citizenship. In exchange, Machete must track down and kill Mendez (DEMIAN BICHIR), a revolutionary suffering from split personalities who has a nuclear missile pointed at Washington.
Machete's contact in Texas is Miss San Antonio (AMBER HEARD), a beauty pageant contestant who is also a government agent. She has Machete parachute into Acapulco and make contact with Mendez's prostitute daughter, Cereza (VANESSA HUDGENS), and her man-hating madam of a mother, Desdemona (SOFIA VERGARA). When Mendez has Cereza murdered for betraying him, Desdemona vows revenge on both him and Machete. Also wanting to kill them both is El Camaleon (WALT GOGGINS, CUBA GOODING JR., LADY GAGA, and ANTONIO BANDERAS), a face-changing assassin eager to collect the bounty on both their heads.
Machete eventually learns that Mendez's pacemaker is keyed into the atomic warhead. So, if his heart stops beating, the missile launches. Machete also learns that the true villain behind the plot is Voz (MEL GIBSON), a billionaire arms dealer who dreams of starting a nuclear war and watching the Earth destroy itself from his secret space station in orbit. It's up to Machete and his old friend and revolutionary, Luz (MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ), to stop him.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older male teens may have some interest due to its raunchy content and outlandish action.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong bloody violence throughout, language, and some sexual content.
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