While partner in crime Tarantino denied his Grindhouse roots with Inglourious Basterds, Rodriguez stays perfectly faithful to the genre. That of course means vast amounts of blood, hard-hitting Latino chicks, punchy morbid one-liners and… Steven Seagal? Machete is yet another proof that subtlety and pretentiousness don’t exist in the dictionary of Rodriguez, and that is without doubt the reason the concept actually works against all odds.
Machete | Directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis (USA 2010) with Danny Trejo and Jessica Alba. Opens November 4.