Machete is an excellent, entertaining movie with a great cast, soundtrack and visual effects. I’m too lazy to write a full review, but this one is really worth to watch. Go, Rodriguez!
Ice from the Sun, on the other hand, is bullshit. ‘Trippy Gore’, most certainly, if ‘trippy’ says you better be on drugs to understand the senseless story. It can be summarized as: Wizard. Dimension. Ice Wall.
Some girl (it takes a while to figure out it’s a girl) named Alison tries to kill herself by cutting her wrists, but while she’s dying, a trippy oracle surrounded by colored smoke shows up and tells her a long and boring story about a wizard who created a new dimension by taking ice from the sun to contain his magic, had an apprentice who now took over this realm and is so f’n mighty that angels and devils can’t stop him. For no particular reason, 6 people have to enter that realm and die from their greatest fear to feed the… apprentice, magic, realm, ice, dimension, wizard. If you think that was a badass long sentence – listen to the trippy oracle. THAT is a long sentence. And one hell of a boring monologue, too.
Alison is the chosen one to defeat the wizardapprenticedimensionicewall by reminding him that he was once human and had to sacrifice his lover to gain power. Or something. Also, 6 random people enter the dimension and die from their greatest fears. Some rather boring, some with okay FX, but nothing that would equal out the oracle speech, horrible cuts, equally horrible actors and kinda stupid story. In the end, Alison turns out to be the reincarnation of the lover the apprentice had to kill to… oh whatever. The movie sucks, especially after ‘Machete’, which makes a lot movies look bad. But still, that’s no excuse.
Famous last words: Maybe the ice was from the sun, but the script was from a drug rehab center, department ‘beyond hope’.