Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Mechanic [2011]

Director: Simon West
Cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn, Donald Sutherland
Genre: Action/Drama
Rating: Teen (Brief sexuality, violence)
Comment: "This is not a Transporter movie with a buddy cop twist to it. Nothing to shout about, but a pleasant surprise anyway..."

Arthur Bishop, a contract killer who specialises in making his hits not looking like a hit. In other words, he makes his kills look like suicides or accidents instead of murder. Everything changes when he was hired to kill his mentor, and his guilt from doing so resulted in him taking his mentor's estranged son under his wing to go against his employer.

What to Expect
1. Good action sequences
2. Jason Statham doing his thing
3. Decent story/plot

What NOT to Expect
1. A Transporter-like spin-off
2. To be too different from other movies about hitmen
One can't help but draw comparisons between one Jason Statham movie to another, probably because the guy is a victim of typecasting; as a gun-for-hire. But it's really unfair to immediately discredit him because of that, the guy is just doing what he does best, so let's drop the comparisons from here on out.

Let's just pretend you've never seen him giving this look before...
Because if you can't, you might not be able to see that this is a decent action flick in its own right. A remake, or rather an "update" of the 1972 movie of the same name, the strength of this film is really about the premise. While other movies about contract killers spare no expense when it comes to the budget for fake blood and gasoline, The Mechanic opted to stick only with the latter. Well, it's still an action movie, you can't expect to make one without explosions, can you?

Actually you can, which brings us to a complain I have about the movie. What they have was an already good concept, with great potential to be more than just about gunfights and huge balls of flame. But I guess they assumed that an action flick without anyone walking away from an explosion would leave a lot to be desired.

Not to mention that it was false advertising, since the trailers clearly mentioned that "the best jobs are the ones nobody even knows you're there". I guess that would make our protagonists the worst in the business.

All the same, I did say it was a decent action flick, and it really was. There was more depth to the plot and characters than most action movies nowadays. Simon West still hasn't lost his touch since he directed Con Air [1997], the visuals were everything an action movie could ever need.

So my verdict is that this is a good movie to see if you want to pass the time, and definitely one of the more worthwhile ones to see at the cinema, considering that this is not really a season for blockbuster movies. But as entertaining as it was, there wasn't really anything to scream about.

Just for giggles, here is a goofy still from the movie;


Alan said...

this should be a great movie.

Mamü Miguel Ellezda Vies said...

Worth watching, although don't expect anything extraordinary :)

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