Created on Monday, 21 February 2011 00:44
Written by Samantha See
Director Simon West's take of The Mechanic in New Orleans is a welcomed update to the 1972 original and worth a weekday ticket. At least for males who would love the action.
Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a "mechanic" – the film's nickname for the cool and efficient professional assassin – who executes missions with great precision and without breaking a sweat. Like all assassins, he has no friends and the closest thing to a friend he has is with mentor Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland). And when this only human contact he has is murdered, he seeks revenge, reluctantly agreeing to taking Harry's clumsy son Steve McKenna (Ben Foster) under his wing.
There is a plot. But it took an hour before the story really moves along and the baddie is revealed as Dean (Tony Goldwyn), boss of the "mechanic" company including Arthur. From here on, the story moves in double quick speed through Steve's "first kill" and a smattering of action. Also, I know one could and should always ignore slightly unrealistic circumstances in movies but it's hard to accept a stack of dead bodies out in the public and yet no police.
But otherwise, the complicated yet smooth assassinations prove interesting and even intriguing to follow. People don't get killed; the assassinated meet with "accidents". Also, Statham does a good job of the usual stoic, cool assassin while Foster is great as a goofy but eager learner of the dangerous trade.
Top a film that is not too draggy with great action and good performance from the cast, The Mechanic is worth a watch for the action buffs, especially those who have caught the 1972 version.
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