R (for strong graphic violence, language and nudity), 20th  Century Fox, 105 minutes.

Written, produced and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Cast: Danny Trejo, Steven Segal, Jennifer Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Lindsay Lohan, Jeff Fahey, Cheech Marin, Don Johnson and Robert De Niro.

Machete is an expansion of the fake trailer that was shown in the Grind House movies (Death Proof and Planet Terror) from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino in 2007.

Machete continues the B movie and exploitation style from Grind House and boy oh boy, does Rodriguez have fun with it!

If there’s a lady out there that enjoys this movie then my hat is off to you. This is definitely an over the top macho movie primarily for a male audience that is much like the recently released Expendables–yet far more ridiculous and fun.

Danny Trejo stars in his first lead role as the title character which he also played in the Spy Kids franchise also directed by Rodriguez. Trejo has actually had roles in almost every film directed by Robert Rodriguez and he is perfectly cast here. He gives a silent yet deadly performance as Machete an ex-Federale who’s family was murdered by the Drug Lord Torrez, (played by Steven Segal who still knows how to wield a sword).

The film exploits extreme bloody violence and beautiful naked women with so much style, that you just have to be entertained and at the same time it even manages to give a political message about illegal immigrants coming into Amercia, which actually gets you thinking.

The basic plot here involves Machete being hired by a ruthless businessman called Michael Booth, (Jeff Fahey who is just as good here as he was in Planet Terror) to assassinate Senator John Mclaughlin, (Robert De Niro who just has fun with his role) a man with a major grudge against illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico. Machete soon finds he has been set up and gets caught up with Santana Rivera (Jessica Alba) a beautiful Immigrations Officer who is torn between enforcing the law and doing what is right and Luz, (Michelle Rodriguez) a taco-truck lady with a rebellious spirit and revolutionary heart.  Don Johnson shows up as Von Jackson a twisted border vigilante leading a small army but makes little use of his role.

Lindsay Lohan is actually fun to watch here in her supporting role as a socialite who becomes a Nun and has a penchant for guns.

I will not deny that Machete  is completely absurd. Yes, for the most part it is, but that is what makes it so wildly entertaining in the first place. Or at least, it was for me. I say: ladies stay away, (unless you like this sort of thing) and Men: flock in and crack open a beer.  3/5 stars