Movie Review: Champion: The Danny Trejo Story (2005)

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Champion Movie Trailer -Danny Trejo

The story of actor Danny Trejo, the award winning film chronicles his life, from a child drug addict, armed robber, to eventual prison time. From despair to ‘Desperate Housewives’, it’s an awe inspiring testament to the strength of the human spirit.

“It was the funniest thing I`d ever heard. I`d been in Soledad, San Quentin, Folsom, Vacaville, Susanville, Sierra – and here`s a guy asking `Can you act like a convict?` I remember I said `I`ll give it a shot`.”
-Danny Trejo-

I haven’t reviewed a movie in awhile.So here we go.I just watched this great documentary from 2005 called Champion: The Danny Trejo Story.Not only is Danny Trejo a inspiration to people who went through similar situations but to anyone who has ever struggled with anything at all.Not only do I recommend it to everyone.But I highly recommended this to people battling substance abuse and to drug/alcohol counselors who want to show a truly inspirational piece of film in their classes.

Danny Trejo went from being a junkie,armed robber, and a convict to a AA member and drug counselor.From a drug counselor to a international star who shared the screen with the likes of Jessica Alba,Robert Deniro, and many more.This film is proof that you can do a 360 in life and go from a negative to positive.

The documentary starts off telling the story of how Danny went from being a sort of momma’s boy being raised by his grandmother to a junkie,gang member and a thief once he moved in with his pops.His father was a 9-5 Wonder Years type of Dad.Who laid down the law quick.Even if it was punching or choking Danny out when he needed discipline.So already wanting to rebel Danny gravitated toward his fathers brother.Who was only a few years older and was perceived as Danny more of an older brother.His uncle introduces him to weed and dope.And then to a criminal lifestyle.Danny went goes from being bad in school to robbing a liquor store with a grenade.After doing numerous bids in the juvenile system Danny’s behavior eventually lands him in the big leagues.Danny ends up in almost nearly all the state run prisons in California.Even the infamous San Quentin.
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“Juvenile hall, youth authorities … I was in a lot of trouble. I grew up like the characters I`ve been playing. But would I do things differently? I honestly believe that circumstances create destiny, almost. There weren`t too many ways I could have done”
-Danny Trejo-
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He miraculously turns himself around obviously.But the struggle from an addict and thief to a movie star is where the story enthralls you.Backing up Danny’s stories are various interviews with friends,family, and various people in the industry like Val Kilmer,Robert Rodriguez,Steve Busecmi and many more.My only real problem with the movie is that Steve Buscemi kind of comes across boshee in a bitch made way.I always thought he was cooler then he appears in the interviews.He seems judgmental and one of those dudes that you hang out with and everything is cool, but then the guy talks shit behind your back later.Other then that I highly recommend this documentary even if you don’t know who Danny Trejo is.It is a great story of one real ass dude who changed his life from shit to inspiration.He not only changed for the better but he beat the shit out of a negative lifestyle which as far as he was is damn near impossible.

“You just fucked with the wrong Mexican.”
-Machete (2010)-

I give this movie 2 machete’s up….
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***Bonus Photos Of Danny Trejo***
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