Machete Kills Thursday, 20 June 2019

Machete Kills

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong bloody violence, coarse language and sexual references.

  • The pitch:

    Machete happens.

  • Starring:

    Danny Trejo, Demian Birchir, Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofía Vergara, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Vanessa Hudgens, Cuba Gooding Jnr, Walton Goggins

  • Directed by:

    Robert Rodriguez

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot (laser weapons, guns), hacked, slashed, eviscerated, decapitated, electrocuted, torn apart, hanged, stabbed, hooded, thrown out of an aircraft, elbowed, grabbed, threatened at gunpoint, threatened at knife-point, karate-chopped, kicked, headbutted, slapped, choked, cleavered, thrown through the air, set alight, maimed, blinded, near-choked, hit by a car, hair-pulled. Filicide, helicopter crash (off-camera), explosions, famous city under siege, people wearing balaclavas, mass shoot-outs, weapons arsenals, broken glass. Vehicle collisions, vehicle rollovers, carnage. Beating/torturing/murdering wife and daughter mentioned. Being gutted, skinned alive, missing persons, alien abduction mentioned. Weapons manufacture, selling military weapons, missiles, hog-killing, shooting rabbits mentioned. Reference to child molestation/domestic abuse. Screaming, arguing. Blood/gore: Very high body count, corpses, skeletons. People covered in blood, human heart, blood splatter, exploding flesh, melting/burning flesh, human combustion, bloody bullet wounds, entrails, blood on objects, bloody cuts, blood on clothing, bloody hand, object embedded in skin, detached limbs, severed heads, bloody grazes. Stitches, blood bags, surgery, wound-cleaning, open wounds. Skulls and skull motifs. Chewed genitals mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A couple have sex (obscured behind bright graphics). A man is tied up, whipped (bondage). Brothel setting, reference to child molestation/domestic abuse. Kissing, prostitution, implied foursome. Very revealing outfits, nightwear, swimwear, shirtless men, women in underwear, female bottom, cleavage. Erotic-style animation (opening credits), exposed breasts (photograph), genital-shaped weapons. Sexual-themed banter and language.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drug cartels, drug-pushing, marijuana mentioned. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots), bar settings. Smoking (cigarettes, cigars).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words (frequent), s-words, a-words, bastard. Derogatory terms for women, Hispanics. Slang terms for genitals. Sexual-themed banter and language. Religious references and exclamations. Gender, cultural, ethnic, racial, presidential, beauty pageant, vigilante, mental health, tourist, redneck stereotypes. Jokes about women, disabled people, child molestation, menstruation. Obscene hand gestures.

  • THEMES:

    Vigilantes, invincibility, citizenship, immigration, prostitution, world peace, beauty pageants, undercover operations, anti-Americanism, betrayal, schizophrenia, contract killing, ethics, bounty hunting, man-hating, nuclear warfare, space travel, dirty cops, precognition, cloning, abduction, Star Wars, surveillance, Mexploitation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Murdered girlfriend, murdered daughter. Space setting. Helicopters, grave-digging, animal fur blanket. Roasting meat seen. Some Spanish (no subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Ridiculous, garish, lurid, insane, kinetic, trashy, cartoonish. Hilarious at times, impressive cast, game performances, lowbrow concept.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Sloppy, disjointed, overlong, illogical, exhausting, shoddy, overcrowded, repetitious, weightless, dull, misogynist, racist. Episodic plotting, convoluted storyline, rote performances, poor comic timing, no momentum, deflates in third act. 

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