If there's one thing we've learned from the movies, it's this: If you're aiming to screw over a colleague, you'd better pick the screwee carefully. It's best to avoid people who hold a grudge and are awesome in a fistfight. And definitely take a pass if that colleague has an uncanny facility with guns, rifles, and large bladed tools. A group of unfortunate Los Angeles criminals learned that lesson in the late '60s, courtesy of John Boorman and Lee Marvin. Now the Texas establishment is about to be schooled in the movie that started as a fake trailer in the Robert Rodriguez–Quentin Tarantino face-off, Grindhouse (Planet Terror and Death Proof).
If you're planning to see:
Danny Trejo stars as a rogue Mexican federal agent. Betrayed during the assassination attempt of a racist Senator (Robert De Niro), Machete's now out for vengeance. Mix in Cheech Marin as a pistol-packin' priest, Lindsay Lohan as a "nun with a gun," and more stunt casting with Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Don Johnson, Jeff Fahey, and Jessica Alba. Ordnances will be fired, blades will be unsheathed, and (we're guessing) the pants of several craven politicians will be soiled.
Follow it up with:
Point Blank (1967)
Lee Marvin, a crook involved in the robbery of a gambling courier, gets screwed over and left for dead on the deserted Alcatraz by his wife (Sharon Acker) and his partner (John Vernon). Two years later, Walker's back for his revenge — pissed off but barely batting an eyelash as he seeks his long-delayed share of the take and the scalps of those who betrayed him (and pretty much anyone else who stands in the way). Even Angie Dickinson can't thaw this ice-cold anti-hero.
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