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Fans and moviegoers looking for good reviews about the machete wielding action hero will have a hard time finding anyone who really enjoyed the latest installment, “Machete Kills”. Critics are often harsh and a bit over the top when reviewing some of our favorite films, which is expected after all, they are critics. It is another story if the general moviegoer and even some fans are disappointed with Robert Rodriguez’s latest effort to bring back Danny Trejo to save the day again.

"Machete Kills" poster

“Machete Kills” poster

The loopholes with the release of the sequel indicated there might be more that a couple of red lights to be aware of:

  1. The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space. Not the most original story line to go with.
  2. The producers of the film took action against the filmmaker’s production company, many films failed to produce the goods with early signs of trouble at the office.
  3. Rodriguez had his attention divided with “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”
  4. The third film is set to take “Machete” in to space; the guys are running out of ideas.
  5. The release dates for “Machete” and “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” was pushed back?

Let’s have a quick look at the reviews, courtesy of Rottentomatoes.com:

(Scores are provided at the time of this article)

Raters Machete Machete Kills
Critics 73% 30%
Users 63% 52%
Count
Critics 179 52
Users 107058 23619

Some feedback from reviewers:

Cinemablend.com:

“Machete Kills is funny, outlandish and a whole lot of fun. For awhile. Unfortunately, its goofy, slapdash premise just isn’t enough to hold up the sequel. It gets old in a hurry, and when it does, its somewhat abbreviated runtime of 108 minutes crawls by”

Nytimes.com:

“All too soon, “Machete Kills” collapses into a deranged, directionless splatter comedy that exhausts its bag of tricks, many of them recycled from this grindhouse auteur’s 2010 spoof, “Machete.” Even the cleverest new toy, a weapon that turns bodies inside out, is so unimaginatively deployed that it’s good for a yawn.”

This is disappointing but expected unfortunately.  Hopefully the third take on this already played out franchise will bring back the quality and silly fun of the first installment.