Movie Review : Mechanic

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Director: Dennis Gansel

Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine

Arthur Bishop, an elite hitman, thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents.


Mechanic Resurrection states the obvious fact of Arthur Bishop (Statham) coming back from the dead and spending a lone life in Rio. A B-Grade attempt of a film, it offers nothing of substance to the discerning movie lover but is full of excitement for Jason Statham fans. Or should I say the followers of a new genre called Jason Statham. The guy's presence in the cast speaks a lot about the movie whether you watch it or not.

Having said that, Jason Statham's name or brand is synonymous to predictability. A protagonist with his own ghosts from the past but possessing superb skills in guns and thus eliminating people falls in love with a, well, a far from it simple girl. No surprises here. Jason Statham yet again delivers a film which has him testing his abilities against all odds, do all sorts of bad things to beat the actual bad guys. That's about what one can say at the most about this movie. There's no need to analyse the performances in the acting department. Predictability being the reason. The pace of the movie is almost incomprehendible. A rather simple plot badly executed.

Jessica Alba plays an annoying character of Statham's girl who is taken hostage. One thing that strikes you is the way sometimes Hollywood too (esp. the Jason Statham genre) defy all logic. Alba is mercilessly beaten up throughout the movie by the bad guys for god knows what reason. She almost seems like a mascot for a campaign against female abuse and violence. As if that was hard to digest. The first half sees her inflicted with bad injuries and wounds as a result of her getting beaten up. However, the next instance almost makes you want to believe her skin to be a consequence of some kind of genetic mutation. What other good explanation could there be as she lies on the white sand beach in remote Thailand, swimming in the sea after being brutally beaten up on 2 consecutive occasions. Logic gone for a toss.

Some respite in the movie are the exotic filming locations. Brazil, Thailand, Australia, Bulgaria.The isolated and remote beaches in Thailand are a visual treat in the film. Tommy Lee Jones' cameo, although very late, lights up the screen in an endearing way, just when you think this disaster couldn't get any worse,  Thanks to his quirky character. Also, at 1 hour 40 mins, it is pretty much bearable and you may not have a desire to walk out without finishing. 

1.5 Shors. With all guns blazing! To Jason Statham.

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