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Machete Kills: So intentionally ridiculous that it’s boring

Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez in a scene from Machete Kills.

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1.5 out of 4 stars

Machete Kills
Written by
Kyle Ward
Directed by
Robert Rodriguez
Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga

Oh boy, does he ever. Machete (Danny Trejo) kills with guns. He kills with a machete (no surprise there). He'll pull a man's guts out with his bare hands, all while being chased by a band of leather-clad, machine-gun-wielding prostitutes.

Like its predecessor, Machete, this is an over-the-top grindhouse extravaganza. There's plenty of cheesy schlock: a mission to capture a man with a bomb's detonator wired to his heart, a villain played by Mel Gibson dressed like Dr. Evil who is out to destroy the world, a U.S. president played by Charlie Sheen, and plenty of blood splatter.

But it is all so intentionally ridiculous that it gets boring, and you just wait for the next big cornball revelation to momentarily jolt you awake, like Sofia Vergara strapping on her machine-gun bra, or Lady Gaga's appearance as a hit woman. Machete kills, sure. Unfortunately, he overkills.

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More


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