May 22, 2011

The Mechanic Review

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Premise:
Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a "Mechanic" AKA hit-man with an expertise in making his assassinations look like suicides or accidents. Unfortunately, the master of his craft finds it in his heart to take on a stubborn and reckless young protege.


My Highlights:
Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) on the run, and Jason Statham's (surprisingly rare) fight scenes


Overall Rating:
Just a really brain-dead, mindless action flick all the way around. Someone fresh out of film school with no experience under their belt could have produced the same film given an equal production value. The only character with any emotional investment with the audience is killed off in the first third of the film. Arthur Bishop is cold and unlikable, but shoved down our throats as a good guy. Steve never develops as a character. All bad guys never gain any notoriety before they're killed. The entire film boiled down to a bunch of bullets and blood were shed, lots of people were killed or hurt, and there was a huge car chase that police didn't care about. What does any of that mean? Nothing. It was just one action scene tied to another action scene. The story isn't even worth telling. 2 1/2 *'s out of 5, or 5 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
I haven't seen the original 1972 Charles Bronson starred version of The Mechanic that this film was based on, but I can safely say watch that instead. Even if you're looking for a brain-dead popcorn action flick as something to put on and tune out during, you can't help but laugh during the serious moments at how stupid this was.

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