The Mechanic Reviews

  • Sep 15, 2018

    An ok classical, action, & suspense film about a hit-man eventually teaching his speciality to his new accomplice.

    An ok classical, action, & suspense film about a hit-man eventually teaching his speciality to his new accomplice.

  • Aug 19, 2018

    Much better than its remake.

    Much better than its remake.

  • Aug 25, 2017

    Watch this for the bulldozer/car off the side of the cliff. Watch this for the extremely pleasing contrast between Jan Michael Vincent and Charles Bronson. Watch this to see Charles Bronson walk, he's better than Barishnikov, I'm telling you, when he enters and walks through that mansion on Catalina. Watch it for the antique scuba gear, and OH EYE CANDY, you thought they were handsome already? Wait til they get wet in Italy. The plot is more than decent. The only acting worth mentioning is Jill Ireland's. The best part now, in 2017 is the sets. Yes, those kitschy/goth lanterns really were that popular. Lots of old classic cars, and when they crashed a car, a car really got crashed, I hope you know. This is when, I believe, hot pants first hit the streets, so watch for that as well. Also, a great soundtrack, if you're into motorcycles, street noises, and bang bangs. Other than Breakout, and the classics, Great Escape, Dirty Dozen, etc. this is my favorite Charles Bronson picture. At least this week.

    Watch this for the bulldozer/car off the side of the cliff. Watch this for the extremely pleasing contrast between Jan Michael Vincent and Charles Bronson. Watch this to see Charles Bronson walk, he's better than Barishnikov, I'm telling you, when he enters and walks through that mansion on Catalina. Watch it for the antique scuba gear, and OH EYE CANDY, you thought they were handsome already? Wait til they get wet in Italy. The plot is more than decent. The only acting worth mentioning is Jill Ireland's. The best part now, in 2017 is the sets. Yes, those kitschy/goth lanterns really were that popular. Lots of old classic cars, and when they crashed a car, a car really got crashed, I hope you know. This is when, I believe, hot pants first hit the streets, so watch for that as well. Also, a great soundtrack, if you're into motorcycles, street noises, and bang bangs. Other than Breakout, and the classics, Great Escape, Dirty Dozen, etc. this is my favorite Charles Bronson picture. At least this week.

  • May 06, 2017

    Every now and then I want to be taken away by an action film that defies everyday life. 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.

    Every now and then I want to be taken away by an action film that defies everyday life. 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.

  • Mar 18, 2017

    A 70's Bronson classic! The remake was great and stands alone. Startham plays a quiet, in better shape killer, but Bronson is different. Bronson's Arthur Bishop character is different because Bishop suffers from an anxiety disorder, probably from the evil lifestyle, and Bishop's disorder creates a need for an apprentice. Bronson's character is much colder. The plot line of 72 an 11 is similar with Bishop training an apprentice. Both have incredible action scenes! However, there is a slightly different but memorable endings. 4 stars. The Mechanic ages well.

    A 70's Bronson classic! The remake was great and stands alone. Startham plays a quiet, in better shape killer, but Bronson is different. Bronson's Arthur Bishop character is different because Bishop suffers from an anxiety disorder, probably from the evil lifestyle, and Bishop's disorder creates a need for an apprentice. Bronson's character is much colder. The plot line of 72 an 11 is similar with Bishop training an apprentice. Both have incredible action scenes! However, there is a slightly different but memorable endings. 4 stars. The Mechanic ages well.

  • Aug 27, 2016

    A great movie that is a must-see for all fans of action and Bronson. Much better than what reviews say! 8.75/10 or 4.5 stars (VERY GOOD)

    A great movie that is a must-see for all fans of action and Bronson. Much better than what reviews say! 8.75/10 or 4.5 stars (VERY GOOD)

  • Aug 10, 2016

    A bounty hunter takes an apprentice under his wings in this Charles Bronson actioneer.

    A bounty hunter takes an apprentice under his wings in this Charles Bronson actioneer.

  • Jun 20, 2016

    Saw the original great movie I want to get it on blue ray.

    Saw the original great movie I want to get it on blue ray.

  • May 23, 2016

    The first 16 minutes or so are great, then it gets pretty bad. Damn shame. If it had stayed the vibe it was in the beginning it'd be a classic.

    The first 16 minutes or so are great, then it gets pretty bad. Damn shame. If it had stayed the vibe it was in the beginning it'd be a classic.

  • May 08, 2016

    Very nice story of a killer and his apprentice...

    Very nice story of a killer and his apprentice...