The Mechanic

The Mechanic

In Theatres: 
Jan 28, 2011
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 40 Minutes

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a mechanic, a professional assassin for hire who excels at his job. He's the best in the business, killing the target without hesitation and never leaving a trace behind. When his friend and mentor Harry (Donald Sutherland) is killed, he decides to train Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) to be a mechanic and go after the one's responsible.

The Mechanic is a remake of the 1972 classic starring Charles Bronson. For the most part, it's the same film with a few differences. Regardless, the story isn't why you watch the film; it's the action. Statham does what he does best on screen and that's beating the crap out of people. Whether he's using his fists or a gun, it doesn't matter to him. If you've seen any of his previous films, The Mechanic is no different.

Steve, on the other hand, is an amateur who thinks he's this big time hotshot killer when in reality, he's a horrible mechanic. Whenever a assignment goes wrong it's usually because of Steve and Arthur has to come to the rescue. It makes you wonder why he puts up with his cocky attitude in the first place. Foster is perfect for the role as he has that certain smugness about him.

Statham and Foster take on the role of two radically different characters performing the same job. Arthur is calm and collective; a professional in every meaning of the word, while Steve is reckless and doesn't appear to be taking the job seriously. It's no wonder why Arthur is always one step ahead of his apprentice.

There isn't much substance in The Mechanic but that isn't really the point. It's enjoyable for what it is; an action film. The special effects can get a little out of hand when it comes to someone getting shot but with a constant stream of adrenaline induced moments on screen, there's not much time left for thinking. Clocking in at 92 minutes, the film is just long enough to give you a good dose of action.

If you're looking to wind down and relax with a good fast-paced action film, The Mechanic is a solid choice. By now you should know what type of movies Statham does so there should be no surprises when it comes to this one.

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Matt Rodriguez
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