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'Machete' fun and brainless

"Machete kills,” U.S. President Rathcock says during, um, “Machete Kills.” “That's what he does.” So, no false advertising here, folks.

Say what you will about junky genre pictures with leaps in logic, ultra-violence and one impossible thing after another — such movies harness cinema's more overwhelming qualities better than most well-meaning indie flicks about things like “real people” and “relationships.” But don't go to Robert Rodriguez's “Machete Kills” expecting deep thoughts on anything. At all.

Shot in 29 days with an I-suppose-it-counts-as-a-script by Kyle Ward from a story by Rodriguez, “Machete Kills” stars the always-entertaining Danny Trejo as the titular ex-Federale and “enemy of the cartels.” The second movie in the series (which sprang from a fake trailer that Rodriguez cut for his movie “Grindhouse") follows the man with the giant knife on a mission on behalf of the American government.

Movie trailer: Machete Kills

After a rough ambush, Machete is saved from lynching down South by a timely phone call from Rathcock (Carlos Estevez, otherwise known as Charlie Sheen), who needs the man who “IS Mexico,” as the president puts it, to stop a Mexican madman with a bomb.

Said madman is named Mendez, played by Mexican actor Demian Bichir, who is best known to American audiences for his terrific turn as Juarez police detective (Marco Ruiz in the FX TV program “The Bridge.”)

Bichir, all squints and rat-like faces, nearly scampers away with “Machete Kills.” Revolutionary sometimes, violent lunatic other times, spy now and then, Bichir's Mendez is the over-the-toppiest thing in a movie that can barely see the top from its altitude.

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