Assignments to kill are what the focus is on. Things get complicated when the hired ended up killing his own mentor and even more so when the mentor’s son was determined to avenge the death of his father. Unbeknown to him, the person who killed his father is the person he went into partnership with to learn the trade of killing.
So, professional killing is business, pure and simple. That’s what these people thought. Of course, when you were convinced to kill someone you know, and seduced into thinking that if you don’t do the job, someone else in the trade will, well, that may be logical thinking or lame excuse. Unfortunately, there are times when repercussions are to be expected.
The story is not that complicated and things moved at a fast pace. At times, it seems there are so many rampant killings. Well, I supposed it is Hollywood movie afterall and this is a story about assassinations. It is a guy's thing, action packed with lots of fights and gun shots. If those are the type of scenes you’d like to indulge yourself in, then this is the movie for you. For me though, there comes a stage when enough is enough. There must be better ways of killing one’s own enemies, no?
So, vengeance became the mission and when mission accomplished, the killer has got to pay the price. Or, does he? No surprises in this movie and I don't think there'll be a sequel to it!
Remakes are a dime-a-dozen these days, and perhaps I should have re-watched the Charles Bronson 1972 original to director Simon West’s (Con Air) 2011 re-issue of “The Mechanic” with Jason Statham. Let’s be honest, “The Mechanic” is a by-the-numbers approach to action movies. There really is nothing imaginative to the film and it doesn’t pretend to be one. One would even say that the film is very flimsy, but to complain about its flimsiness would be rather … more
** out of **** In ways, l respect "The Mechanic" for at least attempting to reach its goals; being the violent, loud action thriller that it is. Few films, from this genre, try this hard. Yet, through all its struggles, there still isn't a sign of true intelligence within or beneath "The Mechanic". Its twists are predictable. Its action is entertaining but noisy. The acting is good, the intents are good, the ideas are mostly good, but the story can't hold its own against … more
Star Rating: I know Jason Statham is a natural fit for action movies, although it would mean a great deal to me if he expanded his horizons a bit. Yes, he could go the way most action stars go and appear in a kid’s movie, but why limit it to that? I’d like to see him in a drama, or a period piece, or maybe even a mushy romantic comedy. Call me crazy, but I think he has it in him. Until then, I have to once again endure him in his usual fare. The … more
15 - 93mins - Action/Crime/Thriller - 28th January 2011 The Mechanic sees Jason Statham in a role that he rarely leaves these days as a vigilante, in this case called Arthur who fights against many enemies. The plot takes it's slight twist by the addition of a sidekick of sorts in the form of Steve (Ben Foster). Arthur is a lone hitman who is very good at what he does by eliminating targets whilst making them look like accidents. But when his … more
“The Mechanic” opens with a stylish, clever and ruthlessly executed assassination. Jason Statham efficiently drowns a millionaire in his own swimming pool, and then escapes unnoticed by jumping off a bridge and hitching a ride behind a garbage barge. This scene is somewhere between the Bourne movies and “The American,” and as such, sets a pretty high standard for “The Mechanic;” it communicated that this is going not going to be your run … more
The Mechanic is pretty much what it sounds like: a mechanical, by the numbers action film (loaded with graphic violence, gratuitous sex, and bland performances). The characters in the film are all cliches lacking in humanity or any redemptive qualities and the story is so familiar to direct-to-video films starring Steven Seagal and other action heroes (who can't act) that it almost feels like the film is a remake... which unsurprisingly it is. Arthur Bishop (played by … more
The Mechanic is an upcoming film directed by Simon West and starring Jason Statham. It is a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film of the same name.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.