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“The Mechanic:” Decent Action Movie With Mediocre Script

Genres: Action/Adventure and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: January 28, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity.
Distributors: CBS Films

Director: Simon West

JJ Rating: B

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: No one. It’s not great enough to recommend.

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) kills people per request. Until he’s told to kill a mentor, Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland), and he has second thoughts. After doing it anyway, he figures maybe the big bosses are not so great and teams up with Steve McKenna (Ben Foster) to turn on the evil boss and beat him down. The Mechanic.

With Jason Statham in a film, I expect great fight scenes. He’s a good actor, but he’s a far better fighter. It’s great entertainment to see his fight scenes. That didn’t happen in The Mechanic as much as I would have liked. The film is also ten minutes too long and doesn’t move as fast as the trailer would have one assume.

Ben Foster has a fight scene between him and a guy that’s three times his size. That fight is monumental in the film as it should be. Foster is great actor. His mannerisms fit each character he becomes. He does more with a line than just say it. It flashes across his face. It moves through his gestures. He’s very good and has now become one of the actors that I’ll risk seeing a movie for just because he’s in it. Jason Statham is already one of those actors. I expect lack of story to great action when Statham’s involved. This marks two movies he’s been in that I’ve been slightly disappointed with.

Storywise I was not impressed. It’s decent and the kills hold my interest. At the beginning, he hides in a pool before coming out of shadow to kill and that’s ingenious. Statham and Foster make a dry script more interesting by them being part of it than the words could ever do. No resuscitation for what was not really great to begin with. How was the original version? I do not know. Never saw it. After this, I don’t feel the need, especially when a film called The Mechanic was in dire need of one for its own smoking vehicle.

Side note: I am in a “Fringe” mode. I’m catching up to season 3 that is on right now. Therefore, Bishop has its own meaning to those that watch. It amused me in a Walter kind of way.

If you do venture out to see The Mechanic in this wonderful two month stint of Crapuary (59 days of poo movies), do so with the idea that it’s not great and enjoy the kill scenes, because they’re worth some of the hard earn money you spend on an overpriced ticket. At least they didn’t go for the 3D kill, which would have really sucked.


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