Machete comes out today, and I had chance to cut the lines and check out the Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez “Grindhouse” type film yesterday. In case you don’t know, the film has tons of recognizable faces including, Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Seagal, Robert DeNiro, Linsday Lohan, Cheech Marin, Jeff Fahey, Rose McGowan, and more. The plot is that “after being betrayed by the organization who hired him, an ex-Federale launches a brutal rampage of revenge against his former boss.” His name? Machete.

The story revolves around Machete, played by Danny Trejo and he plays a former “Mexican Federale” turned renegade. After he runs into some trouble, Machete ventures out to do yard work in order to earn some cash. When he so desperately needs the money, a businessman and spin doctor shows up to save the day and needs his help. He tells Machete that the corrupt Senator is sending hundreds of illegal immigrants out of the country and to stop this, he needs Machete to kill the Senator in return for $150,000. He accepts, but we soon learn that it’s a set up, as you can expect. It turns out that the “spin doctor” set him up to make him look back and actually help the senators anti-immigration laws succeed.

Machete is hurt, taken to the hospital, and then taken into custody. Of course he escapes and with the help of the people he encounters thereafter, he’s on a mission to seek the blood he needs for revenge. This is when we get to meet Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodgriguez, and Lindsay Lohan, among others.

Okay so what did I think of the movie? I think it was good for the folks that were into the Grindhouse feature that came before in 2007, but as a whole, it’s not a blockbuster by any means. It’s really violent and I guess you have to take if for the artistic way in which the film is made. I did appreciate all that went into the movie and seeing Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan, and Michell Rodriguez in this kind of film is certainly a treat, it’s just not going to be for everyone. So, if you liked Grindhouse – heck, if you even liked the Kill Bill flicks, you’ll probably like this film. For me, the cast made the film for me because they were all awesome in their “edgy” roles. Michelle Rodriguez was tough and sexy as always and Jessica Alba delivered a killer performance as well.

I think if you’re at all drawn to this movie, whether from the genre, the actors, or having liked the films like it in the past, you should definitely see it. I mean…Lindsay Lohan? Jessica Alba? Michelle Rodrigues? Come on – amazing!

MOVIE RATING: 4 out of 5 stars