Machete Kills

Less sexuality-soaked and blasphemous than 2010's "Machete" - but just as gory - this action sequel is too much a deadening exercise in creative butchery, foul language and general vulgarity to make it worth viewing. Director Robert Rodriguez, working from a script by Kyle Ward, has created a winking homage to 1970s exploitation films in the deadpan persona of the main character (Danny Trejo). He's a scruffy Mexican superhero who - under orders from the Yankee president (Charlie Sheen, here billed as Carlos Estevez) - has 24 hours to stop a missile aimed at the United States, presumably by a drug cartel. Though his better jabs take on American racism, immigration disputes, corrupt industrialists and the immense wall built to seal the border of Texas, he's also inclined to solve most conflicts with the aid of outsized cutlery. Additionally, Rodriguez bogs down the first two-thirds of the picture under a fusillade of cursing and a seamy subplot involving a brothel with a strangely vicious madam (Sofia Vergara).

Watch out for: Nearly nonstop violence with pervasive gore, vigilante justice, implied premarital sex, a few profanities, and excessive crude and crass language.

Rated: O, morally offensive; MPAA: R, restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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