As Seagal recounted his real life adventure, he seemed to regain his composure and warm to the audience. He began making dramatic faces -- complete with his famous furrowed brow -- in response to questions.
The gratuitous violence and the name of Robert Rodriguez should draw some people in for the film, but its pro illegal immigration message and its ridiculing of those who oppose it will pare the audience down.
In an homage to 70s B movies, there is more blood splattered in Machete than the best of Sam Peckinpah. It makes for a wild ride, one of the most purely entertaining movies to come along in quite a while.