Machete Kills (15) **

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Danny Trejo reprises his role as the eponymous Mexican secret agent in Robert Rodriguez’s blood-soaked sequel to his 2010 exploitation homage.

Machete Cortez (Trejo) is granted citizenship of the United States by the President (Charlie Sheen) in exchange for hunting down a terrorist called Mendez (Demian Bichir), who intends to launch a nuclear payload at Washington D.C.

Danny Trejo (left) takes no prisoners in gory sequel, Machete Kills.

Danny Trejo (left) takes no prisoners in gory sequel, Machete Kills.

Machete accepts his task with tough-talking sidekick Luz (Michelle Rodriguez) and sexy undercover agent Ms San Antonio (Amber Heard) in tow.

Machete cuts a swathe through Mendez’s henchmen, unmasking the mastermind of the diabolical plot: an arms manufacturer called Voz (Mel Gibson), who has many reasons for wanting to unleash nuclear armageddon.

Machete Kills is a truly authentic slab of Mexploitation, filled with excessive violence and cartoonish set pieces.