Machete Film Analysis

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There has been an explosion of immigrant protests across the world in past decade. These protests have featured political mobilizations by pro-migrant activists and irregular migrants who challenge the multiple forms of injustice and discrimination experienced by displaced persons. In April 2010, the state of Arizona enacted the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act which required immigrants to be in possession of their documents all times thus making Latinos vulnerable to identity checks and surveillance (Nohemy & Butter, 2011). Shortly after the controversial legislation, an online trailer for Machete (2010) was released. The film can be perceived to have been a direct response to the Arizona legislature. The film features …show more content…
This represents the kind of brutality faced by many immigrants in the country. Hostile public and political discourses have always depicted immigrants as a dehumanized and undifferentiated mass of foreigners (Nohemy & Butter, 2011). Natural disaster images such as plagues and floods are usually used in communicating the crises of migrants. However, there are organizations which act on behalf of migrants using effective technologies with the aim of making citizens identify with migrants as fellow human beings. The representation of these people in the film can’t be justified in any way because migrants are people who are searching for a better life. Migrants should, therefore, be treated with dignity and given the help needed. Senator John McLaughlin, during his campaign speeches, speaks against illegal immigrants saying, “Make no Mistake, we are at war. Every time an illegal dances across our border, it is an act of aggression against the sovereign state, an overt act of terrorism” (Machete, 2010). These words parallels those of Von Jackson at the border after shooting the …show more content…
In one of the scenes, Machete uses a corkscrew to stab an attacker. Another scene features Von Jackson shooting Michelle Rodriguez in the eye and tells her, “How about an eye for an eye?” (Machete, 2010) Michelle Rodriguez plays the role of an organizer of a Legendary Network in the United States that helps those crossing the border. The organization further helps them find jobs as soon as they have crossed to the United States (Nohemy & Butter, 2011). Agent Sartana Rivera is an immigration officer who ends up collaborating with Machete and stabs an attacker in the eye using her high heel shoe. These scenes involve eye-jabbing and blinding on some of the characters featured in the film. They can be interpreted to have a metaphorical implication to the cultural and historical blindness surrounding the public discourse of the United States’ politics on immigration. Politicians, drug lords, and businessmen are all depicted as greedy in the film. While McLaughlin is busy dealing with immigrants, a mysterious guy, Booth is careful to make sure McLaughlin does not win since the state thrives on illegal workforce and he is not willing to see any

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