The Mechanic: One man wrecking ballPosted: Updated:
“The Mechanic” captures 3 Red Vines for being a great popcorn movie
How is it possible that I have never seen a movie with Jason Statham? One look at his credits and it’s easy to see why. He’s a man’s man kind of actor and so is his film biography. Testosterone fueled fight and flight movies just are not this chicks’ cup of tea. (And I am happy to say that I have never been dragged to such fare by a male companion.)
But I am equally happy to say that watching Statham in “The Mechanic” was a pure adrenaline rush of fun!
Now if “The Mechanic” sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is a remake of the 1972 flick staring that iconic hit man of all hit mans: Charles Bronson. I did not see that or at least I do not remember it if I did. Like I said, not my genre. Not now, not ever.
Statham plays Bishop, a hired assassin who works for an elite organization that specializes in taking down various untouchable scourges of society: drug lords, dictators, you get the picture. These are super bad hombres for whom the wheels of justice grind too slowly.
When Bishop is required to take out the very man (Donald Sutherland) that was his mentor, he is guilt tripped by the dead man’s son (Ben Foster) to take him on as an apprentice. He begrudgingly does so and thus begins the oddest odd couple to take up arms.
While fans of Statham might bemoan that “The Mechanic” seems to be doing the same part over and over, all I can say is that to these fresh eyes, this live action thrill fest was top notch entertainment. The story had just enough plot twists to keep you guessing, while the bloody body count kept you squirming. In Bishop’s hands, assassination is an art.
You know all the special effects in movies these days are so unrealistic that it is easy to laugh at a hero’s ability to leap just ahead of an explosion. But by utilizing so many live action stunts, the action and the action heroes actually become believable. And in this case both Statham and Foster are very believable!
So guys, go enjoy your action fix and gals be happy to accompany them! Aside from the wild ride, they eye candy will satisfy your sweet tooth, too.
A preview of this movie was provided to me by the studio but it in no way effects my unbiased review.