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All film fans should be familiar with the idea of “popcorn cinema”. Bombastic escapism that calls for devouring a bucket of popcorn in the process. But “Nachokino”? So far, this term has not caught on, but I never tire of using this label – at some point other film fans are bound to stick with it. “Nachokino” is the more hollow, coarse counterpart to “Popcornkino”. Movies that are so loud and where there is so much mischief happening that the loud crunch of eating corn chips is no longer disturbing.
And even the penetrating smell of the heavily seasoned snack including a hot and/or cheesy dip is no longer a disruptive factor. What’s more, it’s an experience-enhancing bonus factor, as the greasy, savory nacho flavor underscores the greasyness of the film being shown. If you like, you can wash it all down with a cool beer and let yourself be intoxicated by what is shown. get an appetite? The free TV broadcaster Nitro is showing “Machete Kills” uncut today from 10 p.m – and thus a prime example of “Nachokino”.
Machete (Danny Trejo) mourns the loss of his lover Sartana (Jessica Alba) – and soon gets the most exciting assignment of his revenge-driven life: the US President (Charlie Sheen) wants him to stop the cartel boss Mendez (Demian Bichir). Although the announcement is him live to grab. Nevertheless, Machete promises distraction and satisfaction from the mission. While eccentric arms dealer Luther Voz (Mel Gibson) promises help, super killer Chameleon (Walton Goggins, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lady Gaga and Antonio Banderas!) is hot on Machete’s heels. But as it turns out, a deadly chameleon is far less dangerous than a grinning arms dealer with “Star Wars”-Fetish…
“Machete Kills” came into being in the middle of a curious phase in Robert Rodriguez’s career: beginning with his “Grindhouse” contribution “Planet Terror” his enthusiasm for trash cinema galloped completely free. So he threw huge, big-name casts into increasingly weird plots on a downright microscopic level. In “Machete Kills”, alongside the already mentioned names, “Fast & Furious” star Michelle Rodriguez, “Modern Family’ crowd favorite Sofía Vergara, ‘High School Musical’ actress Vanessa Hudgens and Amber Heard as well as ‘Spy Kids’ heroine Alexa Vega. and “Iron Man 2” sidekick Elon Musk also has a look.
But there’s a method to this star-studded casserole that promises far more glitz and glamor than the film could (or ever wanted to) deliver: “Machete Kills” is a homage to the completely meaningless, but with its madness and nonsense amusing trash cinema. Including the occasional “Moment, what is looking for someone like that in such a cheese?” casting. This results in a massive discrepancy between the star ensemble and the bottom drawer script and thus in a difficult to explain but outrageously great fun factor.
In general, humor is the ace up Rodriguez’s sleeve in “Machete Kills”.. In addition to the absurd casting, this also applies to the constant parade of hair-raising twists and absurd gadgets, gizmos and weapons that are handled. Equally amusing is the smug smugness on which this exploitation film world operates. Here Machete escapes death by the rope by glaring at his executioner with piercing eyes. Elsewhere, someone tries to escape from a group of racists by identifying themselves as Canadians, only to learn that these racists, of all people, have Canadians high on their hit list.
It’s a shame that the action sets in “Machete Kills” aren’t particularly dynamic. But at least during the brutally creative kills, the director happily lets off steam! From a ripped-out gut being thrown into a helicopter’s rotor blades, to being electrocuted by Machete wielding a machete (must see to understand): There is no saving on bloody tastelessnesst. And the whole thing makes you want an extra portion of salsa dip.
However, what I long considered a downer: “Machete Kills” ends with a mean cliffhanger including a fake trailer for “Machete Kills Again… In Space!”, which was supposed to conclude the saga around Danny Trejo’s grumpy heroes. But the C-class sci-fi adventure hasn’t materialized yet – and let’s be honest: every year it’s becoming less likely that it will ever happen. However, I’m starting to find that the open ending enhances the parodic element of Machete Kills” (unintentionally):
The number of films that promise a sequel without ever delivering one is absurdly long. With its cocky and narratively ultra-stupid insights into another part, “Machete Kills” slices boldly and heartily through the hubris of such incidents. Even if it was intended to make fun of absurd sequels and to continue, the gag announcement at the end stands for itself as wonderfully brain cracked and unerring. Especially when you are in a fat-carbohydrate-salt overdose eating coma at the end of “Machete Kills” anyway and no longer have the strength to defend yourself against this (il-)logic.