Macheteis a 2010 action film directed by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis. The "Machete" character originates from the 2001Spy Kidsfilm, written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. This film is an expansion of a fake trailer that was released together with Rodriguez's and Quentin Tarantino 's 2007Grindhouse.Machetecontinues the B movie and exploitation style ofGrindhouse,including some of its footage. Danny Trejo stars in his first lead role as the title character.
The film also stars Robert De Niro , Jessica Alba , Don Johnson , Michelle Rodriguez , Steven Seagal in his first theatrically released film since 2002'sHalf Past Dead, and Lindsay Lohan , who filmed scenes for the film during the autumn of 2009. Cheech Marin and Jeff Fahey returned to portray their characters from the original trailer.
Machetewas released in the United States by 20th Century Fox and Rodriguez's company, Troublemaker Studios , on September 3, 2010.
The story revolves around Machete Cortez ( Danny Trejo ), a former Mexican Federale . The film opens in Mexico with Machete on a mission to rescue a kidnapped girl. During the operation he is betrayed by his corrupt Chief to the powerful drug lord, Rogelio Torrez ( Steven Seagal ) who kills Machete's wife and daughter, before leaving him for dead.
Three years later, a down and out Machete roams Texas , scraping by on yard work. Michael Booth ( Jeff Fahey ), a local businessman and spin doctor , explains to Machete that the corrupt Texas State Senator McLaughlin ( Robert De Niro ) is sending hundreds of illegal immigrants out of the country. In order to stop this, Booth offers Machete $150,000 to kill McLaughlin. Machete accepts the murder contract after Booth threatens to kill him if he does not.
While Machete is watching McLaughlin from a rooftop during a rally, he begins to snipe him, but before he can, he sees one of Booth's henchmen shoot him in the shoulder and then shoots McLaughlin in the leg. It is revealed that Booth orchestrated the attempted assassination as part of a false flag operation to gain public support for McLaughlin's campaign so that a more secure border is put in place. By setting up Machete as the gunman, the conspirators make it appear that an outlaw illegal Mexican immigrant has tried to assassinate the senator, who is known for his tough stance on illegal immigration.
An injured Machete escapes capture by Booth and is taken to a hospital to be treated for wounds, escaping once again from Booth's henchmen at the hospital. Agent Sartana Rivera ( Jessica Alba ), a persistent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent, is sent by her superior to find and capture the injured Machete. Machete, with the help of Luz ( Michelle Rodriguez ), aka Shé, the leader of an illegal immigrant aid movement known as the Network, recruits Padre ( Cheech Marin ), Machete's "holy" brother. To take revenge on Booth, Machete kidnaps Booth's wife and his daughter, April ( Lindsay Lohan ), after "starring" in an amateur adult film with them. He also collects evidence from Booth's house linking McLaughlin and the Mexican drug lord in a major drug trafficking deal. After encountering Machete, Sartana begins to develop an interest in him.
Booth and a hitman kill Padre after finding Machete's hideout, but do not find his wife and daughter, and unbeknownst to Booth the church has hidden cameras. Through the CCTV recordings, the news of McLaughlin's corruption and faked assassination is eventually aired on national television. Infuriated, McLaughlin kill Booths and heads back to join Rogelio Torrez to kill Machete. In order to eliminate the people who double-crossed him, Machete gathers the Mexican Network and leads them to the base of the border vigilantes, led by Von Jackson ( Don Johnson ).
During this confrontation, the Mexican immigrants triumph over the border vigilantes. Jackson tries to escape, but Luz shoots him in the back of the head. Machete fights Torrez, culminating with the drug lord committing seppuku with one of Machete's blades with which he had just been stabbed. April shows up wearing a nun's habit after escaping from the church and shoots McLaughlin after figuring out that he had killed her father.
McLaughlin escapes, but he is later killed by the last remnants of his own border vigilante group, who mistake him for a Mexican. The film ends with Machete meeting with Sartana, who gives him a green card. They kiss, and ride off into the night.
Before the credits roll, the announcer says that Machete will return inMachete KillsandMachete Kills Again.