MACHETE is the story of a statue that comes alive at night. after a successful run in comics, the title was turned into a movie–twice. but with both movies, the producers decided to capitalize on the sexual element of the story. since then, this is the image of machete that has stuck with filipinos. not even a hollywood movie with the same title changed this conception.
but starting today, january 24, gma-7 is hoping to do just that.
the kapuso network brings MACHETE to the small screen with the same premise: a statue comes to life at night. but this time, the creative team behind the latest incarnation gives more depth to the main character, and the women that will fight for him.
MACHETE begins its story with a epic tale of romance between machete and aginaya. theirs is a tragic love story that ends in death–similar to that of shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET. but with MACHETE, the ending is just the beginning of the story.
the female lead, rosella, is a girl who hopes of one day meeting her very own machete. she dreams of the legendary warrior, and the love he has for the beautiful aginaya; not knowing that soon her dreams will become reality.
through life’s cruel twists of fate, rosella’s sketches of the legendary machete end up in the hands of her cousin marla. a famed artist, marla sculpts the likeness of the warrior using rosella’s sketches.
now, the two will start to fight for the right to keep machete; but who should have the warrior: the one who drew him, or the one who sculpted him? what will the two women do when they realize that the statue is an actual person who has his own goal: to find his aginaya?
aljur abrenica plays the youngest machete to date, and he is joined by an experimental cast featuring bela padilla, ryza cenon, ryan eigenmann and karen de los reyes. completing the cast are rio locsin, noni buencamino, zoren legaspi, polo ravales, chariz solomon, gwen zamora, rocky gutierrez and stephanie henares.
with a young cast, and a prime time schedule on television, expect gma-7’s MACHETE to be more wholesome than its film counterparts. but i highly doubt that the show will not capitalize on the franchise’s main selling point: the statue that comes to life at night–with barely any clothes.
save for that one factor though, MACHETE is relatively safe for even children to watch. it couldn’t be any worse than abs-cbn’s SABEL and KRISTINE for sure.
MACHETE airs every weeknight, after DWARFINA, on gma-7.