Review: The Mechanic (2011)

“I’m going to put a price on your head so big, that when you look in the mirror your reflection’s gonna want to shoot you in the face.”

The Mechanic is a action thriller film starring Jason Statham (The Expendables, Crank and The Transporter), Ben Foster (X-Men: Last Stand, Get Over It and 3:10 To Yuma) and Donald Sutherland (Space Cowboys, Outbreak and MASH). The film is directed by English director Simon West (Tomb Raider and Con Air)The Mechanic is in fact a remake of the 1972 film of the same name. The original starred Charles Bronson and was directed by Michael Winner.

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a ‘mechanic’ – an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed – he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop’s trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can’t turn his back on Harry’s son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.

I think it will set the tone of the film when the best bit about it was seeing the extended trailer for Battle: Los Angeles before it started! But i’ll try and persevere.

This is once again another stupid over the top action vehicle for Statham to star in. It’s a shame really because he does so many that the quality rarely there. He’s much better in playing more understated roles like in The Bank Job and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. But within the context of the film even Jason Statham is mediocre at best.

Ben Foster is the supporting member of the film yet he is the best thing in it. Foster is a very talented actor, if only he’d pick better roles like he did for the brilliant, yet underrated 3:10 To Yuma. Foster’s acting lifts the film just above it’s mediocre state.

Now i’m all up for the ‘over the top it’s so bad it’s good’ kind of films but they need to be done well. Take for example Machete from last year which was simply ridiculous yet awesome all the same time. I had low expectations when coming into the film which proved well and to the films credit it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it was going to be. That’s not say it was good though. The Mechanic just muddles along, it defiantly not a must see but if you really have nothing else better to do (and I mean really nothing) then stump up the £8.40 to see it. I’m giving it 2/5.


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