MACHETE KILLS Blu-ray Review

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I wrote four separate intros to this review, each of them detailing the highs of Robert Rodriguez’s career. But if you’re reading Collider, you already know. The $7,000 Spanish language action flick funded with money earned while working as a medical test subject that turned an ambitious young outsider with no connections into a commercial juggernaut so successful and prolific that he launched five franchises – all in different genres – built his own backlot, and now is about to launch his very own television station, The El Ray Network. And while the Horatio Alger story of Troublemaker Studios and Rodriguez’s D.i.Y. enthusiasm still inspires, the films have long since gone limp. If you already know Rodriguez’s story, you probably already know everything that Machete Kills has to offer. And just like most of the z-grade schlock it aspires to, it’s more fun in concept than it is in practice.

Hit the jump for the full Blu-ray review.

MACHETE KILLS Giveaway – Win a Copy of MACHETE KILLS on Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack

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In advance of Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills dropping on Blu-ray/DVD January 21st, we have some combo packs ready to give away to three lucky readers.  The over-the-top action sequel sees Machete (Danny Trejo) recruited by the U.S. government to battle his way across Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer and prevent nuclear war.

The film also stars Michelle RodriguezSofia VergaraAmber HeardAntonio BanderasCuba Gooding Jr.Walton GogginsWilliam SadlerDemian BichirJessica AlbaAlexa Vega and Lady Gaga, and will be available on Blu-ray/DVD combo starting January 21st.  Hit the jump to find out how you can win.

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Charts Impressive Opening but GRAVITY Holds For First

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gravity-sandra-bullock-george-clooney-sliceAfter setting a new October record for its debut, Gravity was again stellar in its second orbit. The 3D drama remained securely in first place with an estimated $44.2 million and a new domestic total of $123.4 million after ten days. That left newcomer Captain Phillips with a second place launch, though the film’s estimate of $26 million was well above expectations. Machete Kills, on the other hand, brought in less than half of its anticipated $8 million start and just one third of the opening that Machete claimed in 2011.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gravity $44,265,000 $123.4
2.  Captain Phillips $26,000,000 $26
3.  Cloudy With a Chance 2 $14,200,000 $78
4.  Machete Kills $3,797,000 $3.7
5.  Runner Runner $3,725,000 $14.1
6.  Prisoners $3,665,000 $53.6
7.  Insidious Chapter 2 $2,650,000 $78.4
8.  Rush $2,400,000 $22.2
9.  Don Jon $2,340,000 $20.1
10.  Baggage Claim $2,075,000 $18.2

Friday Box Office: GRAVITY Stays on Top with $12.7 Million; CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Starts Strong in Second

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captain-phillips-poster-sliceBuoyed by its surprisingly lucrative launch, Gravity had no trouble holding on to first place on Friday. The Warner Bros. hit added an estimated $12.7 million to its domestic total yesterday, or a decline of just 27% from its opening day. That puts Gravity on course for close to $45 million this weekend and a ten-day domestic total of more than $120 million. That’s an incredible achievement for an October release and it will put Gravity in the same range as this summer’s World War Z after two weekends.

Captain Phillips had to settle for a second place start on Friday. Even so, the reality-based drama had a stronger than expected opening, taking in an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 locations. Captain Phillips is now targeting $25 million this weekend, giving Tom Hanks his best opening since 2009. Machete Kills is not as well placed. The frame’s second new release earned an estimated $1.4 million from 2,538 runs on its first day and is not expected to top $4 million through Sunday. We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Gravity $12,715,000 $91.8
2.  Captain Phillips $8,500,000 $8.5
3.  Cloudy With a Chance 2 $3,575,000 $67.4
4.  Machete Kills $1,400,000 $1.4
5.  Runner Runner $1,150,000 $11.5

Alexa Vega Talks MACHETE KILLS, How She Convinced Robert Rodriguez to Cast Her, and Returning for MACHETE Sequels

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From director Robert Rodriguez, Machete Kills is full of action-packed insanity, as the legendary secret agent Machete Cortez (Danny Trejo) is being hunted by more deadly assassins than ever.  Recruited by the U.S. President (Charlie Sheen) to stop a crazed global terrorist (Mel Gibson) from starting a nuclear war, Machete must use means necessary to accomplish his mission and save the world.  The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding Jr., Walton Goggins, William Sadler, Demian Bichir, Jessica Alba, Alexa Vega and Lady Gaga.

At the film’s press day, actress Alexa Vega (“Killjoy”) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her transition as one of the kids in Spy Kids to a sexy bad-ass assassin in Machete Kills, what she remembers about the first time she met Robert Rodriguez, the effect her long-standing friendship with the director has had on her life, how she landed this role, getting the confidence to put on her character’s outfit, working with Sofia Vergara, and possibly returning for future Machete films.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

New MACHETE KILLS Clip Continues to Market the Film by Featuring Sofia Vergara’s Breasts

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One of the first posters for Machete Kills focused on the fact that Sofia Vergara’s character had a bra that doubled as a chain-gun.  It was a cute concept, but Open Road Pictures seems bent on driving that joke into the ground.  They’ve released a new clip that once again puts the focus on Vergara’s breasts, and while I’m sure male audience members aren’t going to complain, it’s a little lame at this point.  It’s also a sign that Machete (Danny Trejo) is probably a small part of his own movie yet again.  Then again, the real star of Machete and Machete Kills are hokey gimmicks, and the bra gun certainly qualifies.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Michelle RodriguezAmber Heard, Charlie SheenLady GagaAntonio BanderasJessica AlbaDemian BichirAlex VegaVanessa HudgensCuba Gooding Jr.William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Mel GibsonMachete Kills opens October 11th.

New Trailer and Posters for MACHETE KILLS Highlight the Ladies of the Film

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A few new assets from director Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel Machete Kills have been released online, all focusing on the women of the film.  The pic centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer (Mel Gibson) who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet.  A new trailer gives audiences a preview of the Lady Gaga song “Aura” while also highlighting the colorful cast of characters, and two new character posters focus on Alexa Vega and Amber Heard.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and posters.  The film also stars Sofia VergaraMichelle Rodriguez Charlie Sheen Antonio BanderasJessica AlbaDemian Bichir, Vanessa HudgensCuba Gooding Jr.William Sadler, and Marko Zaror.  Machete Kills opens in theaters on October 11th.

10 New Images from MACHETE KILLS Featuring Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, and Antonio Banderas

by     Posted 1 year, 64 days ago

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Ten new images have been released from Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills.  The film centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet.   Judging by what we’ve seen so far, it looks like more of the same, so if you liked the original Machete, then Machete Kills should be right up your alley of violence and mayhem.  The movie is set to screen this evening as the opener of Fantastic Fest 2013, so expect some reactions to start hitting the Internet later tonight.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Sofia VergaraMichelle RodriguezAmber Heard, Charlie SheenLady GagaAntonio BanderasJessica AlbaDemian BichirAlex VegaVanessa HudgensCuba Gooding Jr.William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Mel GibsonMachete Kills opens October 11th.

Mel Gibson Has an Army of Super Soldiers and a Cape in New MACHETE KILLS Red-Band Trailer

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A new red-band trailer for director Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming sequel Machete Kills has been released online, and it’s just the right amount of silly.  The film centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet.  The trailer shows off plenty of unbridled carnage at the hands of Trejo’s Machete, but we also get to see more of Mel Gibson’s villainous character, who describes himself as a “fucker-people-upper.”  It remains to be seen whether the film will be fun and absurd rather than just absurd, but it looks like we’ll get to see one hell of a Mel Gibson performance regardless.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sofia VergaraMichelle RodriguezAmber Heard, Charlie SheenLady GagaAntonio BanderasJessica AlbaDemian BichirAlex VegaVanessa HudgensCuba Gooding Jr.William Sadler, and Marko ZarorMachete Kills opens in theaters on October 11th.

Sofia Vergara Shows Off Her “Private Parts” Weapons in First Clip from MACHETE KILLS

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The first clip from director Robert Rodriguez’s sequel Machete Kills has landed online, and it’s fittingly ridiculous.  The film centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet.  In this clip, we see a car chase between Trejo’s Machete and a car full of angry women, including Sofia Vergara, Alex Vega, and Lady Gaga.  The clip not only shows a gun-wielding, cigarette-toting Lady Gaga crash hard, but we also see Vergara go after Machete with a couple of interestingly placed weapons.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars Mel Gibson,  Michelle RodriguezAmber Heard, Charlie SheenJessica AlbaDemian BichirVanessa HudgensWilliam Sadler, and Marko Zaror.  Machete Kills will open Fantastic Fest 2013, and opens in wide release on October 11th. [Update: Open Road Films has asked us to remove the clip as it has not officially be approved for release yet.]

New MACHETE KILLS Images Reveal Michelle Rodriguez’s New Fashion Statement, President Charlie Sheen and Proof That Mel Gibson Has a Heart

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Today’s pleasant surprise is brought to you by Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills.  We have 11 new images and one wacky poster from the upcoming sequel that show off the cast’s crazy looks while only hinting at the insanity that’s sure to come.  On display are the title hero, Danny Trejo himself, in addition to Amber Heard, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen and Jesse James.  Sadly, no new looks at Sofia Vergara or Alexa Vega, but beggars can’t be choosers.

Machete Kills opens October 11th.  Hit the jump to view the new images and poster.

New Images from HER, GRAVITY, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, MACHETE KILLS, and More

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As part of their fall preview, Entertainment Weekly has released new images from some upcoming films.  There are images from potential awards contenders like Spike Jonze‘s Her, Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips, Peter Berg‘s Lone Survivor, and the AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club starring Matthew McConaughey.  And there are also some images from Machete Kills and 47 Ronin, which probably will be left out of the awards race, but that’s only because the Academy refuses to acknowledge the superb craft of strapping guns to Sofia Vergara‘s breasts.

Hit the jump to check out the images, synopses, and release dates.

Vanessa Hudgens Talks THE FROZEN GROUND, Meeting the Real Cindy Paulson, MACHETE KILLS, GIMME SHELTER, and THE KITCHEN SINK

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Vanessa Hudgens turns in a surprisingly raw and emotionally powerful performance in Scott Walker’s suspenseful thriller, The Frozen Ground, as 17-year-old street hooker Cindy Paulson, one of the few victims that managed to escape Alaska’s most notorious serial killer, Robert Hansen (John Cusack).  In the film inspired by true events, Hudgens’ character forms an unlikely partnership with Alaska State Trooper, Sgt. Jack Halcombe (Nicolas Cage), who convinces her to help him bring Hansen to justice.  Opening August 23rd, the film also features Dean Norris, Radha Mitchell and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

We recently landed an exclusive interview with Hudgens who talked about her reaction when she first read the script, how meeting the real Cindy Paulson helped inform her portrayal of the character, why it was important to her that audiences see Paulson as a real human being and not a stereotype, what she learned from working with experienced actors like Cage and Cusack who inspired her performance, how Walker’s enthusiasm and energy kept the atmosphere on set upbeat despite the dark subject matter, and what she discovered about herself in the process of making the film.  She also discussed her fun cameo in Machete Kills and her upcoming films, Gimme Shelter and The Kitchen Sink.

New Trailer for MACHETE KILLS Starring Danny Trejo

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A new trailer has been released for Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills.  The film centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet.  This new trailer provides more of a “plot” synopsis, but mostly gives us a look at the supporting cast, which includes Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas, and Mel Gibson as the villain.  Judging by this new trailer, Rodriguez has run out of ways to make Machete fun and interesting, and is now just making a really long Funny or Die video where celebrities briefly take on ridiculous roles.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Amber Heard, Charlie Sheen, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Demian Bichir, Alex Vega, Vanessa Hudgens, William Sadler, and Marko ZarorMachete Kills will open Fantastic Fest 2013, and opens in wide release on October 11th.

MACHETE KILLS to Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2013; New Image Released

by     Posted 1 year, 135 days ago

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Fantastic Fest 2013 has announced its opening night film, and it will be the World Premiere of director Robert Rodriguez’s sequel Machete Kills.  For those unfamiliar, the film centers on Machete’s (Danny Trejo) quest to stop an eccentric billionaire arms dealer who has plans to spread war and anarchy across the planet.  Fantastic Fest celebrates the best in genre filmmaking, so Machete Kills seems like a swell fit for this year’s opening film.  The festival will take place in Austin, Texas from September 19th – 26th.

Hit the jump to check out a new image from Machete Kills along with the official Fantastic Fest 2013 poster.  The film also stars Sofia VergaraMichelle RodriguezAmber Heard, Charlie SheenLady GagaAntonio BanderasJessica AlbaDemian BichirAlex VegaVanessa HudgensCuba Gooding Jr.William SadlerMarko Zaror, and Mel Gibson and opens in theaters on October 4th.

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