The Mechanic Reviews
A Charles Bronson film from the seventies certainly ticks that box. Pure escapist action film that although aged in many places has that 95 minute run time that keeps you entertained (especially when there is no football!).
Bronson plays a lone 'mechanic' called Arthur Bishop. Mechanic being an underworld slang for a hitman.
Bishop is meticulous in his 'job' and has performed successfully for many years.
However now in his advancing middle age perhaps he could pass on his 'skills' to a younger accomplice?
The son of one of his recent victims perhaps? Jan- Michael Vincent as Steve McKenna.
That is what the main act of the film concerns. The developing tutoring of the younger character by Bronson's Bishop assassin.
What follows over 95 minutes are action set pieces in Los Angeles and Naples, Italy that wouldn't have looked out of place in a James Bond film of the period but look very tame by modern standards.
The ending of the film is the highlight. A real twist.
Late director Michael Winner may have had his critics but he could certainly deliver entertaining action films in the 70s with Brosnan.
By no means a classic but deserving of a watch if possible.
Much better than what reviews say!
8.75/10 or 4.5 stars (VERY GOOD)
Great 70s feel helped by Jerry Fielding score.