A plead to Rodriguez – please stop making your crappy family films and give more back to your fans as you have with Machete. Leave them to pasture and make another El Mariachi installment. Hell, anything! When I see your name billed as director I expect to see something along the lines of El Mariachi, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City or Planet Terror. Even your segment of Four Rooms was the best part of that 50/50 debacle, and The Faculty was a tried and true guilty pleasure.
The cast gives their all, some even unexpectedly baring all for better and worse. Marin as an expletive-spewing shotgun-toting priest is beyond genius and casting DeNiro as a racist senator was a hilarious touch even if the joke eventually starts to wear thin. My only true negative is that all the over the top outlandishness starts to lose steam as there really is only so many ways you can dispatch someone to a pile of red squib but it certainly is fun while it lasts.
And who knew you could so conveniently hide a cell phone as one woman proves. Sometimes I think Rodriguez lets the film run a little repetitive so that when something truly great happens you can appreciate it more. After all, how many times can you watch someone get obliterated with a gun shot in 105 minutes before you get bored? It’s the same beef I have with Planet Terror. I know Rodriguez revels in guerilla filmmaking but maybe take a little more time to caress your script instead of just throwing buckets of blood on the walls of your sets.
A final note is that apparently 2010 is the return of on screen full frontal female nudity between Machete, Piranha 3D and I hear it also pops up in The American. Maybe Hollywood has realized that their movies need to be a bit more titillating to get our butts in those seats?