It has a star studded cast of white and Latino actors/actresses but the film Machete‘ has fallen into a racial controversy, and it’s still months away from its September release. 20th Century Fox. The Arizona immigration law has made things worse but a special “Cinco de Mayo” message created a storm of controversy and fueled attacks, including one from its sister subsidiary Fox News.
The film, originally based on a largely satirical mock-trailer inserted into Rodriguez & Taratino’s Grindhouse, has expanded into full production, and developed a message that many have criticized as glorifying a race war. (more…)
Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 41 min.
Release Date: September 12th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use.
Distributors: Overture Films
Synopsis: A pair of veteran New York City police detectives are on the trail of a vigilante serial killer. After 30 years as partners in the pressure cooker environment of the NYPD, highly decorated Detectives David Fisk and Thomas Cowan should be ready for retirement, but aren’t. Before they can hang up their badges, they are called in to investigate the murder of a notorious pimp, which appears to have ties to a case they solved years before. Like the original murder, the victim is a suspected criminal whose body is found accompanied by a four line poem justifying the killing. When additional crimes take place, it becomes clear the detectives are looking for a serial killer, one who targets criminals that have fallen through the cracks of the judicial system. His mission is to do what the cops can’t do on their own–take the culprits off the streets for good. The similarities between the recent killings and their earlier case raise a nagging question: Did they put the wrong man behind bars?