Family-Film Review: Machete
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Machete—Ultraviolent exploitation flick about a Mexican vigilante (Danny Trejo), handy with sharp objects, who exacts revenge against a drug lord and uncovers a right-wing, anti-immigration conspiracy stateside in the process. Writer-director-producer Robert Rodriguez goes out of his way to tickle and offend, yet his championing of the rights of undocumented workers lends the movie a veneer that can, in theory, be appreciated apart from its perversities — including the sacrilegious behavior and subsequent torture of a Catholic priest. Make no mistake, though: Jocular splatter, not political satire, is the name of the game in this blunt, lurid instrument. Much gore; myriad acts of violence; sacrilegious behavior and banter; blatant sexuality, including much upper female nudity; semi-graphic encounters; pervasive rough language and profanity; considerable innuendo; torture; and vigilante justice. O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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