Machete, la venganza mexicana [FICM 2013]

Robert Rodriguez y Danny Trejo en la presentación de “Machete Kills” / Foto: Mireille Del Valle


Morelia, Mich.- Machete no es un héroe. Tampoco es un vigilante. Machete es pura y brutal venganza. Un hombre que pelea con un arma que al mismo tiempo es la herramienta de trabajo por antonomasia del campesino.

Machete Kills (Estados Unidos-Rusia, 2013) es la segunda parte de una historia que nació en el año de 1994, durante la filmación de Desperado (EE.UU., 1995), en la cual vimos a un Dany Trejo lanzando cuchillos con maestría. Posteriormente la idea reapareció en Grindhouse (EE.UU., 2007), díptico que Rodriguez realizó con Tarantino y que agrupa a los filmes “Planet Terror” y “Death Proof”. En ese momento Machete estuvo listo para ver la luz del día, o de la pantalla del cine.

Cuando por fin se concretó el proyecto con Dany Trejo como el vengador mexicano —un federal que es contratado por Estados Unidos para hacer el trabajo sucio de la frontera—, nació el primer hombre de acción mexicano capaz de ponerse a la altura de un Charles Bronson, un Van Damme, un James Bond… comparaciones que el propio Rodriguez ha realizado. Y en una industria fílmica llena de héroes, o antihéroes, que no incluían latinos, Machete viene a inaugurar un género de acción distinto, llamémoslo: “la venganza de los latinos”. ¿A quién no le parece divertido ver a Trejo peleando machete en mano con actores como Mel Gibson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Antonio Banderas o hasta Lady Gaga?

Esta saga de Robert Rodriguez, cargada con el humor que lo caracteriza, adquiere un sentido diferente al profundizar un poco en la vida del cineasta. Hijo de mexicanos, Rodriguez asimiló gran parte de la cultura de sus ancestros, nuestra cultura. Podríamos decir que es un verdadero chicano. Y como tal, no tiene problemas en andar de ambos lados de la frontera. Especialmente a la hora de crear personajes.

Amber Heard y Danny Trejo

Machete es un filme que a pesar de la hilaridad que produce, pone el dedo en la llaga de la corrupción y la violencia. Con el estilo particular que Rodriguez ha desarrollado. Ello se agradece porque da la impresión de ser un filme sin pretensiones. A través de escenas violentas y de diálogos parcos, Machete va adquiriendo color, nada complejo. Él no es un personaje profundo, es solo un tipo muy bueno para pelear con machete que no se tienta el corazón con sus adversarios.

La cuestión es cómo ha sido recibido este vengador mexicano por el público de ambos lados de la frontera. Y en qué medida contribuye a sostener la idea de que la violencia de este lado del río es el pan de cada día. El día de la proyección no faltó quien abandonara la sala, a pesar de que la película ha sido bien recibida por el público, especialmente por los seguidores de Rodriguez.

Con una posible secuela que cerraría el ciclo del vengador mexicano, no nos sorprendería que pronto veamos en la gran pantalla apuestas por personajes distintos que superen el dogma segregacionista que ha representado la frontera por muchos años. Y entonces, en los años por venir recordamos a Danny Trejo y a Robert Rodriguez.

| RMM | GT | @Seliztli |


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