'Machete': 'A Trash Mexploitation Flick' Worth Seeing

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Still from "Machete" (Joaquin Avellan, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

As the debate over immigration rages on in the political spotlight, and candidates all over the country use the sensitive topic as a platform to gain votes for coming November election, Robert Rodriguez’s new movie, "Machete" does the same. Op/Ed pages contributing editor for The Los Angeles Times and creator of  Ask A Mexican, Gustavo Arellano, joins us to discuss Rodriguez's film and its satirical look at the immigration issue, corruption in politics and drug trafficking. He also revels in the revenge fantasy.

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“Machete” is the first of its kind “B-Movie with A-list celebrities”; in fact it is a very well done action comedy and it will be a lot more successful in the box office as well as in DVD sells than other action flicks thanks to Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Alba scenes; sorry Stallone that’s what you lacked in the Expendables 80’s heroes flick. I don’t know why the controversy about immigration it is just a movie plus Chuck Norris will be filming the “Invasion USA” (1985) movie remake soon…just kidding… it will be hilarious if Norris actually signed for it though.

Sep. 08 2010 06:22 PM

So let me sum up what this film is about for those who can’t get past the immigration issue….

This film is about “Machete” (Danny Trejo) a federale (Police officer) who is betrayed by his boss when trying to take down a known drug kingpin Torrez (Steven Seagal) who has Machete’s wife killed. So let me stop there, so do we get the message yet? A drug lord killed a police officer’s wife and half the police force in Mexico is owned by the drug lord.

Now “Machete” escapes and heads to the US to find a better life and ends up (not knowingly) get’s in a car of a bad guy that works for the drug lord and is told he has to shot the Senator McLaughlin (Robert De Niro) and has no choice but to take the job or he will be killed. No win situation – so he does the right thing and exposes the corruption on the US side and takes down the drug lord on the Mexico side.

So is the movie about Immigration law? No! It’s about stopping the drug problem and corruption on both sides of the fence. Was the issue of immigration brought up in the movie? Yes! But the real issue again is about the drug problem and the corruption that goes along with it on both sides.

So what does this movie say to me? We (US and Mexico) need to work together on ending the violence and murders due to the drug problem and fix the relations between the two countries. To many innocent lives on the Mexico side are being taken due to the drug cartel. And too many Americans (Not just white people, all people who are citizens of the United States, all cultures) are affected by this.

So again enjoy the movie and take away from it what the real problem is. DRUGS!

Sep. 07 2010 03:15 PM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Yes, Gustavo!

As a white guy that happily relishes a more diverse, multicultural, and ethnically darker USA, white people need to wake up and realize that their halcyon days of white (-bread) America is no longer here, and really never was...

Sep. 07 2010 09:56 AM

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