The Mechanic (2011) Review

The Mechanic (2011) ReviewFollows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Director: Simon West
Writers: Richard Wenk (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)
Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland

The Mechanic is a remake of the 1972 movie of the same name starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent, The Mechanic stars Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop, a “mechanic” (elite hit man) renowned for his stealth and efficiency in eliminating targets. Not that it should be surprising to anyone, but Statham pretty much plays the same typical role that we have become accustomed to. Of couse, that is not really a complaint coming from me.

While Statham is not exactly an actor with much range, his low-talking, flat-delivery actually comes in handy for this movie as he is in a role previously played by Bronson. Honestly, would you want to see him in a romantic comedy? That was a rhetorical question.

Assuming that you want a nice action movie with Statham kicking ass and taking names, this pretty much fits the bill, but for me, the story had a tendency to drag for the most part. It was not horrible by any stretch of the imagination. The acting was fine. The chemistry between the leads was not bad. Unfortunately, much of the film was as dry as the main character. Like I said, the action was there, but could have been there for a little longer. I am not saying that I want 90 minutes of non-stop action, but when you are beginning to lose interest in basically everything being said by the characters, you realize that something is amiss.

As far as the directing of the movie goes, if you are familiar with Simon West’s body of work (The Cape pilot episode, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The General’s Daughter, Con Air, you are pretty much seeing a lot of ineptitude. This would probably be his best film to date, but from his previous work, that is not saying all that much.

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