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Someone is about to f*** with the wrong Mexican...again. Robert Rodriguez ('Desperado,' 'Spy Kids') has partnered with Ukrainian producer Alexander Rodnyansky with the intention of returning to the world of his blade-wielding Hispanic vigilante in 'Machete Kills.' Apparently the tag at the end of 2010's 'Machete,' the one which suggested the character would be returning in subsequent films is so far proving to be more than just a joke. The new plot would see Machete hired by the U.S. Government to travel to Mexico to battle a cartel leader and an arms dealer who have teamed up with the aim of spreading global chaos using a space weapon. You know, that old chestnut. The production is expected to start in April and the filmmakers are currently in discussion with Danny Trejo, star of the original, to return to the role.
Reading this news caused me to do an honest-to-goodness facepalm. 'Machete' was a failed cinematic experiment that proved to be a painful waste of an hour and forty-five minutes. What was so aggravating about 'Machete' was that it was the kind of film I should have loved. Based on a fake trailer that played during Rodriguez/Tarantino's 2007 collaborative effort 'Grindhouse,' 'Machete' was supposed to be a nostalgic throwback to the violent, dirty glory days of b-cinema. In other words, it was a movie based on pretty much all my weird cinematic proclivities. Instead, it turned out to be a juvenile, barely competent mess featuring only the slightest, most tenuous connection to the type of films to which it was supposedly beholden. The tag after the credits about Machete returning in not one, but two films ('Machete Kills' and 'Machete Kills Again'), seemed more like a last nod to cult movies than an actual warning of sequels to come...at least, that's what I hoped. That raises the question, will we be getting just one sequel or are we staring down the barrel of an impending trilogy.
The only thing that could have saved this story for me is if it was announced that Rodriguez was going to be working with Jason Eisener, the young filmmaker who won a fake trailer contest during the 'Grindhouse' promotion and then turned HIS trailer into a movie in the form of 'Hobo with a Shotgun.' Eisener's 'Hobo with a Shotgun' felt far more faithful to its beloved source material and creates a much better film on a much smaller budget. But, like anything else, I can't completely write off 'Machete Kills' without seeing it.
What do you guys think? Are you interested in a 'Machete' sequel?