Adam gets worked over by The Mechanic
A remake of Charles Bronson’s 1972 film, The Mechanic is a refreshing throwback to the slick, violent action films of the 1990’s. Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop an extremely talented hit man (or mechanic) who has let his detached professionalism compromise his personal life. After being manipulated into killing the wrong target, Bishop teams up with a late friend’s son (Ben Foster) to exact revenge. If this all sounds like a stock standard action film, that’s because it is, but sometimes that is a good thing.
Director Simon West (Con Air) punctuates this film with violent shoot-outs and brutal hand to hand fights that action fans have been missing in recent films. He goes for headshots, stabbings and other dispatches that are the antithesis of modern PG-13 action filmmaking. He also gives the film a slick sheen that works as a good distraction from the subpar theatrics on show.
For years Jason Statham has been carving out a niche as the world’s most reliably stoic actor: The Mechanic is no exception. He growls most of his lines and snarls at his opponents (which is everyone), but this is what we have come to expect/want from ‘The Stath’. He is reminder of the monosyllabic heroes of the nineties but at least he doesn’t show off his arse in every film (I’m kidding, JCVD). The film does have a secret weapon in Ben Foster. Foster has consistently been working for years to become one of the best young character actors in the world (3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog, The Messenger) and here creates another memorably deranged character; his involvement elevates the film considerably.
The Mechanic won’t set your world on fire, but you could do worse on a beer and pizza night. Three Stars.