Mexican Federale Machete (Trejo), a stone-faced killing machine named after his weapon of choice, flees to the United States after he is betrayed by his bosses. Coerced into an assassination attempt on a corrupt US Senator (De Niro), he finds himself on the run again and falls in with an underground cabal of militant illegal immigrants led by the feisty Luz (Rodriguez).
This is not the down-and-dirty homage to ’70s sex and violence promised by its pre-emptive trailer — or only sporadically so. The cast work hard — Trejo oozes bad-ass charisma — and the film has some outrageously enjoyable set-pieces, but overall, the convoluted plot and Rodriguez’ agenda spoil the fun.
Reviewed by Simon Braund
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