The Mechanic Reviews
Jason Statham and Ben Foster make an impressive duo and this is certainly my favourite Statham Action flick to date.
Director Simon West engineers The Mechanic with the precision of stainless steel instruments... It's a boys' movie with a big bang finish.
I like chases, gun fights, and explosions, so I was entertained by this movie. However, this film didn't wow me, and, as I said, being a remake, it was hard to focus on this one over the original. I will admit that this is a slick movie that looks decent, but I just couldn't care.
I like Statham, Foster, and Sutherland. And I have this odd love for Simon West's Con Air. However (and I can't help but repeat myself), this movie is a pointless, souless remake. It does away with subtlety and trades it in for being 'of the times'. There are a number of elements from the original that are retained, but I just didn't like how they were handled.
I liked this a tad more than it seems like I did, but because of my attachment to the original, I can't help but really come down on this one.
However this movie extremely disappoints, the storyline is absolutely ludicris that its just absolutely ridiculas.
There is enough action but because the storyline is truly that bad it just ruins the rest of the movie.
I strongly wouldn't recommend this movie even if you just wanted to see Statham take his shirt off you'd be strongly disappointed.!
Director: Simon West
Summary: When his mentor is murdered, lone hit man Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) trains the man's son, Steve McKenna (Ben Foster), in the ways of the professional kill. Together Arthur and his eager apprentice hunt down those responsible for executing Steve's father. But the partnership gives rise to new dangers and deceptions. A remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller.
My Thoughts: "I love a good action flick, and this one didn't disappoint at all. I love Ben Foster and he was one of my main reasons for watching it. But I have seen Jason Statham in a couple films now, and I am impressed. He's really good in these action movies. I definitely will be checking out more of his films. The movie is action packed with some really great killing scenes. The pool scene was one I've never seen before in any film. I liked Jason and Ben together in this film and thought they made a great team. I found the ending to be a surprise and a bitter sweet one at that. Definitely worth seeing if you like a good action/thriller."