Jason Stathams The Mechanic opens today and I am going to be doing my best to see it this weekend if time permits. So far the vibe has been a bit mixed but for me I have always been a sucker for action thrillers about spys and assassins. Based on early reviews it seems The Mechanic is going to offer exactly what you might expect, action, thrills and a side order no holds barred ass kicking. IGN reviews the film saying;
It may not be saying much, but The Mechanic is the best film director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Con Air) has made. Infused with a smooth style and pacing perhaps resulting from its Louisiana locations, West delivers an action movie that’s a lot more dramatically effective and entertaining than its trailers and tired premise would lead you to believe.
Filmonic reviews it saying;
The 88 minute feature is firing on all cylinders once it opens up and the bodies start to pile up. Do not think for one minute this is a mindless tough guy action flick though. A savvy Bourne-like intelligence is spread throughout. Perhaps this thinking could be a turn-off – and the same thought entered my mind during the opening act. Which is almost too methodical for its own good. By having patience and understanding the underlying theme of the story in relation to the characters’ actions, enables the quasi-slow set-up to pay huge dividends in the final two acts.
Screenrant reviews it saying;
If you’re a Statham or Foster fan, and you’re looking for a no holds barred, R-rated action movie during this sleepy movie season, then maybe The Mechanic will tide you over for a bit. Otherwise, you might want to hold out for Drive Angry 3D in February starring Nic Cage to satisfy your R-rated action craving.
Synopsis: 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.