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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
Bronson is awesome! Statham is.......it's not his fault!
By Miguel Vargas
Well, I am a huge fan of Charles Bronson and the original Mechanic. Truth is I have seen it a dozen times - the most recent viewing was right before watching this remake. Yeah, back to back Mechanics. Now I like Statham. I mean he is no Bronson but his movies are entertaining so I am not going to rip on him...nope, won't do it. Instead I will rip on the writers who I think did a pretty crappy job. Now when you compare the screenplays of the two movies, the first is by far the best. The action is not too over-the-top -it is actually believable. There were many scenes in the remake that were illogical and pointless. It was clear that the remake was relying more on over-the-top action scenes than an actual story. The characters in the first movie were more developed, complex compared to their remake counterparts. It goes to show that no amount of gratuitous nudity and smashum/bashum action will make up for a poorly (or sloppily) written screenplay. The 'hits' in the first movie were carried out more methodically. They required more careful planning and intelligence on the part of the mechanic. The remakes hits didn't make any sense. How in the world did Statham evade the hundreds of guards in full scuba gear and get into the pool? Yeah I know what you are going to say. There couldn't have been a drain that big. And where would it have led to? An underground changing room? At that moment I decided, you know what Jason....I'm watching this for you but you DESERVE BETTER! Lol. I can go on and on but I won't. Watch it. Enjoy it. But watch the first one and don't even think of telling me that the remake was better. If you do then its obvious that you are a youngster who needs gratuitous nudity and explosions and yes.....over-the-top action sequences to keep your attention. Plot and well developed characters.....who needs that!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
For what it's worth, it never overstays its welcome
By Robert Hayes
While no one would ever mistake THE MECHANIC for a great movie, for the most part it's a competently done hitman/mentor film that makes good use of Jason Statham and never overstays its welcome. The scenario is something that's been done many times before: an experienced (sometimes aging, but not in this case) hitman takes a younger person under their wing as a protege, and eventually they have to confront each other in some way. Not only has this been done before, but this film is a remake of a 1970's one starring Charles Bronson. Not having seen that one, I can't compare the two, but I also won't debate the merits of this new version existing in the first place. It is what it is, and for what it's worth I thought it was enjoyable, if slightly mundane, way to pass 90 minutes.
The character development is kept to a minimum, as is common for films of this type. Jason Statham's character is (obviously) the most fleshed-out person, but Ben Foster gets enough to do and plays off of Statham's character quite nicely. The one person I thought was underused was Donald Sutherland, as Statham's mentor and Ben Foster's father. He only got two scenes, but he still made the most of his limited screen time. Generally speaking, the acting was decent across the board. Even the main villain, despite being underwritten and a bit generic, was well-played.
However, the area where this film possibly dips into some murky territory is the ridiculous levels of violence it chooses to show. With the exception of when Statham's character is introduced, there is no subtlety to his process, nor does it go about things in a methodical way to show the intricacies of his profession. Instead, the young upstart basically drags him down and the audience gets treated to explosions of blood and gore that would feel more at home in a "torture porn" movie. I suppose that it's another genre trope that the more experienced professional starts to lose his touch a little bit once he takes on a student, but there are some truly ridiculous scenes between the two as they mow their way through all of the bad guys that are coming their way.
Still, this was enjoyable enough due to Jason Statham's charisma and the levity which Ben Foster brought to the proceedings. I wouldn't hate it if they teamed up again for another movie. And barring the, at times, excessive violence, this timeworn story was told with some efficiency, if a little light on originality. Recommended mostly if you're a Jason Statham fan.
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Action Fine, Story Line ??
Probably will appeal more to some guys than some females with all the violence, explosions, and action. My husband really liked this movie, I'am sure for the action. I thought it was okay, because I like a little action in my movies as well. Jason Statham is not one of my favorite action he-man type guys. Actually, his acting is quite boring for me. He's no Bruce Willis, Jet Li, or Sylvester Stallone. I would like to see a lot more emotions on his emotionless facial expressions.
This movies story line fell a little short for me. Killing Donald Sutherland, and then pretending it was not him by going after the real killers, made no sense to me. I know he had to do it, but to have him work with the son in finding the real killers baffled me even more. It was obvious the son was going to find out sooner or later. Of course, they would surely have a confrontation of some sort. I think the movie would have been more effective if the story line was more interesting.