What I really dislike about some reviews is that the reviewer wants a “Gone With the Wind” epic blockbuster movie but goes to see a movie that never promises to be one. This is an escapist movie, there are going to be times that one needs to suspend belief. There are going to be holes in the script (or perceived ones if you don’t pay attention; the script is the type where one needs to pay attention AND remember things). Sometimes the special effects may not be as realistic as one hopes (remember this is a movie not an documentary),but the editing is tight The stunts can be crazy; for example he jumps upon on top of a hang glider early on (it’s telegraphed a couple of minutes prior to it happening so this is not much of a “spoiler”).
If you want an full-on action movie in which Statham “resurrects” (get it?) his mechanic role you’ll like the show, but if you want to see a tight great script with nuance maybe you should just stay home.
Hit-man Arthur Bishop is forced to come out of retirement and commit three difficult assassinations in order to rescue his kidnapped lover.
The hardest part is that he must make all of the killings look like accidents……
The first film was a fun throwaway action film, that pretty much sums up Statham’s Filmography, they are nuts and bolts action films with at least three set pieces that display his ability in martial arts.
So even though I was surprised that a sequel was in the works, I was kind of excited because it would be familiar territory and we don’t have to bother with any kind of history for the main character as that was all sorted in the first instalment. Plus Alba is very easy on the eyes.
And this is exactly what I got. Eventually….
Because the opening sequence is one of the worst action scenes I have ever seen. It’s almost as if they have shown the trailer for his next film and then start the film proper after the credits.
This opener has some of the worst green screening, lethargic action, and some seriously bad acting. And to top it all off, it has one of the most unbelievable but altogether poor excuses for a stunt.
Seriously, the opening of Die Another Day would be ashamed.
Luckily the film really picks up from there, and the film consists of Michelle Yeoh playing Morpheus, him meeting Alba, her getting kidnapped, and then Statham interacting with three, more difficult than the last set pieces.
It’s almost like its a video game version of Taken meets 12 Rounds, but my gosh, is it a lot of fun.
The stand out scene is the second kill with the swimming pool. The cinematography is first rate, as is the stunt work. And the payoff is hilarious.
Tommy Lee Jones pops up on the third level, as the makers couldn’t top the second set piece, so get special guest star in the mix, and he’s okay, but totally irrelevant to the plot, but wears cool glasses.
And to top it all off, the film has not one, but two scenes where Statham stealthily boards a boat and starts to kill everyone on it, but the bizarre thing about this is that it’s the same boat!! Who’s driving the boat?!!
If your a Staham fan, it’s more of the same, which isn’t a bad thing, but they should have never put that pre-credit sequence in the film, it’s terrible.”Mechanic: Resurrection” is a sequel to “The Mechanic” from 2011, which was in turn a remake of another film of the same name from 1972, but I must admit that I have never seen either of those films. If I had done I might have understood more of the beginning of this one, but it would appear that the main character, Arthur Bishop, is a former contract killer, now living quietly in retirement under an assumed name in Rio de Janeiro after faking his death. Only he has not faked his death well enough, and some people know he is still alive- people who have no intention of allowing him to continue living quietly in retirement. A man named Riah Crain 2016 makes contact with Bishop, asking him to kill three men and to make the deaths look like accidents. When Bishop refuses to cooperate, Crain kidnaps his girlfriend Gina to force him to do so.
The film, like a number of tough-guy thrillers, shows the clear influence of the Bond franchise. It was shot in a number of exotic locations such as Rio (possibly chosen to tie in with the Olympics), Malaysia, Sydney and Varna, Bulgaria. (This last is not normally thought of as one of the world’s most exotic cities, but possibly the Bulgarian Tourist Board had a stake in the film). Gina, played by the lovely Jessica Alba, is a heroine in the Bond Girl mode. (A former Bond Girl, Michelle Yeoh, also makes an appearance).
What the Bond films have, however, and this film lacks, is a clear-cut sense of morality. Bond may kill people- the death toll in the average Bond movie can be quite high- but he does so in a good cause. He is essentially a soldier in a Just War, fighting to save democracy and civilisation from the forces of evil and chaos. Bishop is not. Admittedly, the three men he has been ordered to kill are all despicable individuals. Krill, currently incarcerated in a Malaysian prison, is a brutal African warlord and drug dealer. Adrian Cook, an Australian, is ostensibly a legitimate businessman, but the real source of his wealth is the human traffic in underage prostitutes. The third, Max Adams, is an American arms trader living in Bulgaria. Gina, by contrast, who when she is not being kidnapped runs an orphanage in Cambodia, is portrayed as an absolute saint, a younger, more glamorous version of Mother Theresa (albeit without the vow of chastity).
Crain, however, does not want his enemies dead because he is a humanitarian eager to rid the world of three notorious evil-doers before they can do more evil. He has his own self-interested motives for wanting them out of the way. At one level Bishop may be killing in order to protect the woman he loves, but by doing so he is ultimately furthering the interests of a man every bit as evil as the men he kills. The film never really tries to resolve the moral dilemmas raised by this situation. Indeed, it generally ignores them and treats the story as just another action thriller with our hero overcoming tremendous obstacles, and performing the most unlikely feats of derring-do- another Bond trademark- in order to take out the bad guys.
And, actually, at this level it succeeds rather well. Jason Statham has a limited range as an actor, but within that range he can be good, and has enough presence and charisma to make an impressive hero in an otherwise unimpressive film. (“The Transporter” is another example of this ability). When Daniel Craig retires as 007, the producers could do worse than look to Statham as his successor. Unlike the Bonds, or at least the better ones, however, the film lacks a decent villain. Sam Hazeldine’s Crain will never be a Goldfinger or a Blofeld. Most of his threats are uttered via intermediaries, and when he does make an appearance he seems a rather bloodless individual. As her character spends most of the film being held prisoner off-screen, Alba seems rather wasted.
The action sequences, however, are well handled. The way in which Bishop disposes of Cook is particularly ingenious, if also particularly implausible even by the standards of this film. (Even more implausible is the idea of him getting away with it without the police at least suspecting that Cook’s death may have been down to foul play. Did nobody notice Bishop acting suspiciously near the top of a skyscraper in a busy city like Sydney? And in broad daylight too?) “Mechanic: Resurrection” is a reasonably exciting action-adventure movie. Just don’t look too closely at where its moral compass is pointing. 5/10
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German film maker Dennis Gansel takes over from Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2) filming the sequel to a remake, The Mechanic. Jason Statham returns as Arthur Bishop with that awful husky voice. Yes, it’s a London accent and not the pretend American one, but it grates on me. What makes it worse is that the bad guy pulling the strings (Sam Hazeldine) is also an East End orphan with the same husky voice which actually gives the film an English dubbed feel.
It’s a step backwards story wise as the original plot was actually quite good. Just lacking some John Woo emotional turmoil as the basis of the first was very much the relationship battlefield. This one just becomes a mess, like the studios were just looking for any reason to bring Bishop out of hiding.
It doesn’t make sense character wise, but I could be wrong. I thought Bishop, especially the Bronson original was a cold-hearted assassin, a loner and would kill his own friend, which they both did. So, Statham falling in love with Alba whilst knowing it’s just a ploy to get him to knock off a few major arms dealers just doesn’t make any sense.
I think the studios must have listened to Statham fans, like myself, with regards to fight scenes. As this is certainly was an improvement on the first, knowing Statham’s martial arts capabilities. The film opens well with a good choreographed punch-up and whilst going a little classic James Bond cheesy I was hoping the film was going to carry on like it. But no, instead, Bishop goes agent 47 with MacGyver style precision. The final fight wasn’t so bad but everything else in the middle was just mediocre.
It’s bad acting all round, Jessica Alba was not convincing at all, and though she flaunts off her body, it’s the usual Alba we all know. I have no idea what Malaysian super-star Michelle Yeoh was doing there, though, not actually a trained martial artist she is incredibly talented, yet she did little else apart from provide a story anchor. I’m use to seeing Tommy Lee Jones pop up for these smaller, out of character roles, but surely it would have made more sense to sack both Jones and Yeoh, getting smaller stars for the smaller roles and get a badder bad guy. Hell, Jones could have done it!
I think where it attempted to be clever just made it dumber, unrealistic and clichéd. It was borderline spoof comedy with the amount of passports, safe houses and secret caches Bishop had. I was actually hoping for a double cross like the first but no, just Bishop being sneaky again. Even from the poster, I just see Sam Fisher from Splinter Cell.
I’m a Statham fan and I tried my best to not take this too seriously, but unfortunately I don’t think anyone behind the movie took it seriously either which is a shame as the Bishop character, like The Jackal, is a great character.
Running Time: 5 The Cast: 4 Performance: 4 Direction: 5 Story: 2 Script: 2 Creativity: 4 Soundtrack: 3 Job Description: 1 The Extra Bonus Point: 0
THE MECHANIC (2016) **1/2 Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine. Fare-to-decent sequel to the remake of the Charles Bronson classic with Statham reprising his in-hiding ex-assassin Arthur Bishop who finds himself pulled in by an old friend (Hazeldine) to off three more men in exchange for the safety of recent flame (nubile Alba) with the usual shenanigans. What works is the fast pacing and clever set-ups concocted by director Dennis Gansel and Philip Shelby & Tony Mosher’s screenplay (um, not so much for the leaden dialogue). And it doesn’t hurt to have gorgeous locations globetrotting namely in Thailand’s paradise. Meanwhile Jones is a hoot suggesting Elton John in his later years as a mark turned comrade. Bonebreaking bliss.
2011’s The Mechanic was not a typical fun Jason Statham adventure. A remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film of the same name, it was an ugly movie about ugly people, but it was interesting and had good performances. If nothing else, it captured a little bit of the gritty spirit of a Charles Bronson picture from the 1970s. This loose sequel, appropriately titled Mechanic: Resurrection, is much more in line with the Charles Bronson films of the 1980s: dumb, fast-paced, occasionally cheesy, and full of an abundance of gunfire and explosions. It’s a tonally different film altogether from its predecessor, and it’s all the better for it. In fact, it’s Jason Statham’s most entertaining movie in years.
Mechanic: Resurrection isn’t necessarily tongue-in-cheek. There aren’t one-liners being tossed around, there’s no true comic relief, and there’s no commentary on the extremely by-the-numbers plot of the film. That said, it’s highly doubtful the filmmakers expect the audience to take much, or any of this seriously. This film may hold the record for the most number of boat explosions in a motion picture. When boats aren’t getting blown up, bad guys are. There’s one shot involving a bad guy, a grenade, and a Jacuzzi that’s so over-the-top and absurd that I laughed out loud at the ridiculousness of it. The body count is easily close to a 100, if not higher. Just when plot holes seem to pop up, there’s another big action scene to take one’s attention away from it all. This may not have a huge budget like the other action extravaganzas released this summer, but it makes up for its low budget with pure adrenaline and enjoyably bombastic tendencies.
Reprising his role as Arthur Bishop, Jason Statham once again proves himself to be the most underrated action star working today. He gets to smile way more here than he got to in The Mechanic, but he still feels like the same character, albeit not quite as tortured about his dark nature. It’s a credit to Statham’s endless charisma that the audience is able to side with his somewhat immoral character at all. As Statham’s love interest, Jessica Alba doesn’t have much to do, and she unfortunately only gets to do a tiny bit of fighting, although she brings more to the part than some other actresses could. Her part could have been stronger, and with the 94-minute running time, it’s possible parts of her performance got left on the cutting room floor. It also appears Tommy Lee Jones may have had a bit more to do at some point, as he’s all over the trailers and TV spots, yet his role here is little more than a cameo. Still, Jones is fun to watch here, sporting a soul patch and a laid back attitude for once.
I’m not going to argue that Mechanic: Resurrection is a highlight of the action genre, but it is one of the few bright spots of the summer movie season, especially considering I had low expectations. As a sequel to a so-so remake, Mechanic: Resurrection could have been an outright disaster. The fact that it’s as enjoyable as it is, and taking into account that it had lot of rumored reshoots, it’s a minor miracle the film turned out the way it did. Though it’s unlikely to turn a profit given its big summer competition, I would heartily embrace a third Mechanic installment in the near future. 7/10