Machete Kills is a 2013 American action-comedy film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is a sequel toMachete, and the third film based on a Grindhouse fake trailer. Danny Trejo, Michelle Rodriguez, Tom Savini, Billy Blair, Electra and Elise Avellan, Felix Sabates, and Jessica Alba reprise their roles from the first film, and are joined by series newcomers Mel Gibson, Demián Bichir, Amber Heard, Sofía Vergara, Lady Gaga, Antonio Banderas, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vanessa Hudgens, Alexa Vega, William Sadler, Marko Zaror, and Charlie Sheen (credited by his birth name of "Carlos Estévez"). The film follows the titular ex-federal (Trejo) as he is recruited by the U.S. President(Sheen) to stop an arms dealer (Gibson) and a revolutionary (Bichir).
The film was released on October 11, 2013, failing to recoup its budget of $20 million and receiving negative reviews. Critics cited the overuse of plot points, poorly produced CGI, and the science fiction elements.
The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.