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Why 'Machete' Makes The Case For Immigration Enforcement
American Rattlesnake ^ | March 13, 2011 | Gerard Perry

Posted on 03/13/2011 9:56:33 PM PDT by OddLane

I should probably preface this post with the caveat that it does contain numerous “spoilers,” so if you wish to see this film untainted by the disclosure of any plot lines, characterization, thematic development or surprise twists, I suggest you depart before the jump. I myself am not a fan of spoiler alerts, and have a hard time believing that anyone who wanted to see Robert Rodriguez’s much-discussed splatterfest has not availed himself of the opportunity in the past year. That being said, this is your chance to get out clean.

With that preliminary warning out of the way, I will now proceed to analyze the film itself, including the possible motivations of the director and whether or not this motion picture has anything worthwhile to say about the state of American-Mexican relations, or the continued difficulties we face in addressing the problem of illegal immigration to the United States.

I should probably begin by explaining just who Robert Rodriguez is, and how Machete came to be. The director, a Tejano born in San Antonio to working class parents, came to notoriety through the production and release of El Mariachi. The low budget film, a highly contrived but entertaining tale involving a case of mistaken identity between a mariachi musician and a career criminal, was initially designed for distribution throughout the Mexican home video rental market but because of its high quality would be purchased by Columbia Pictures and ultimately lead to a successful, English-language trilogy starring such acclaimed actors as Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, and Johnny Depp, as well as the well known Chicano character actor Danny Trejo.

It was the collaboration between the director and Trejo on the second part of the Mariachi trilogy, Desperado, which would eventually bear cinematic fruit.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: americanrattlesnake; hollywood; immigration; machete
For those interested, here's Part 2
1 posted on 03/13/2011 9:56:41 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

I’ve seen Danny Trejo in so many movies that I didn’t know his name until I had to do a search on IMDB. The guy is a very accomplished character actor. Even did a real-life stint in the joint.


2 posted on 03/13/2011 10:13:46 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Luke ScottWalker - The Force Is With You)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Yeah, they could probably make a movie just based on his life experience.
3 posted on 03/13/2011 10:19:53 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane
I love these Grindhouse style flicks but I thought this movie stunk. The only shining point was Cheech Marin and possibly Lindsay Lohan of all people.


4 posted on 03/13/2011 10:30:14 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: OddLane

I dunno about the deeper meaning of the film, but I’d pay to watch a film with Michelle Rodriguez and Jessica Alba in it, even if all they did was sit there and read the phonebook.

And watching Steven Seagal get killed is icing on the cake


5 posted on 03/13/2011 10:33:50 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Lazlo in PA
Well, I did enjoy Mayra Leal's scene, for obvious reasons.


6 posted on 03/13/2011 11:06:30 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: LegendHasIt
Seagal as a Mexican drug lord was nice touch.

I'm surprised by how sexy Michelle Rodriguez got.

I remember her from those early films as a tomboy.

Even when she was canoodling with Derek Jeter she struck me as a bit masculine, but she's stunning in this film.

7 posted on 03/13/2011 11:08:06 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane
Jessica Alba didn't hurt either.


8 posted on 03/13/2011 11:18:16 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

No she didn’t.


9 posted on 03/13/2011 11:30:23 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

The movie reminded me of the Clint Eastwood spafhetti Westerns. It was almost stupid and clumsy but at the same time the syupidity amd clumsiness was a red herring making the underlying messages acceptable.

Instead of watching a documentary depicting the power of druh cartels ansd the abuses of illegal immigration, Machete depicts these themes almost in a comical way. Making it such helps the viewer nevertheless realize the reality of these very serious themes without getting all depressed. You can’t help but laugh at the goofiness of this movie and at the same time you also realize what it is saying about the seriousness and danger of the US-Mexico norder.

The movie makers knew how to make this movie so you would watch it to the end by breaking up the positivley depressing aspects of illegal immigration with near slap stick scenes.


10 posted on 03/14/2011 5:17:24 AM PDT by GilGil
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To: OddLane

The movie reminded me of the Clint Eastwood spafhetti Westerns. It was almost stupid and clumsy but at the same time the syupidity amd clumsiness was a red herring making the underlying messages acceptable.

Instead of watching a documentary depicting the power of druh cartels ansd the abuses of illegal immigration, Machete depicts these themes almost in a comical way. Making it such helps the viewer nevertheless realize the reality of these very serious themes without getting all depressed. You can’t help but laugh at the goofiness of this movie and at the same time you also realize what it is saying about the seriousness and danger of the US-Mexico norder.

The movie makers knew how to make this movie so you would watch it to the end by breaking up the positivley depressing aspects of illegal immigration with near slap stick scenes.


11 posted on 03/14/2011 5:17:34 AM PDT by GilGil
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To: OddLane

M.R. has always ‘cleaned up real nice’... They just make her kinda butch looking to go along with the tough gal characters she usually plays.

When I watched the ‘Special Features’ edition of Resident Evil with Mila Jovovich and her doing scene by scene commentary, it was like watching beauty and hotness in ‘high definition stereovision’. I was shocked at how different she looked in ‘real life’ than she had in the movie. YUM.


12 posted on 03/14/2011 8:55:15 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: GilGil
Good analysis. That was what I took away from the film, ultimately.
13 posted on 03/14/2011 5:25:15 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: LegendHasIt
Yeah, she's really come into her own here.
14 posted on 03/14/2011 5:25:53 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: GilGil
I've never actually seen that many "spaghetti Westerns," but it seems like he was going for a similar, low plot, high-violence type of film.

I still don't think it is nearly as well done as the original movie in the El Mariachi trilogy though.

15 posted on 03/15/2011 3:01:27 PM PDT by OddLane
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To: OddLane

Watch Clint Eastwood’s “ The Good, the bad and the ugly.” That is classic spaghetti western.

Machete was subtle in that it portrayed the immigrartion problem in pretty graphic form in a subtle way.


16 posted on 03/15/2011 8:04:01 PM PDT by GilGil
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To: GilGil
I watched part of it on AMC last week, but it's so long.

Aside from 3:10 to Yuma, Unforgiven, and Tombstone, I can't think of that many Westerns I've seen.

I guess Serenity is another.

17 posted on 03/15/2011 8:34:36 PM PDT by OddLane
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