The Mechanic provides mindless entertainment

Sometimes you want to check your brain at the door and enjoy some loud, violent action.  It’s fun!  No emotion.  No thoughts.  Just the moment. 

OH! DAMN! OUCH!  Yeah…good times, good times. 

The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 film, is directed by Simon West and is that kind of mindless entertainment.  It helps that I am of fan of Jason Statham (The Transporter ROCKS!) and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma//The Messenger).  Although it is not their finest performances–it is solid work–especially since the plot is predictable and a bit shallow.  It is the story of a seasoned assassin, who takes on an apprentice.  They sprinkle in some plot devices and twists.  But that is it in a nutshell.

But, of course, that is not what I expected when I signed up.  I came in for the action and even that department was pretty standard.  A few gun fights, some hand to hand combat, and some cool kill shots–but nothing creative or original. 

I love action films.  And I elevate their awesome-ness quota by their originality of theme and their creative use of violence.  Kill Bill, V for Vendetta, Die Hard, Equilibrium, Watchmen, Sin City, etc.  Those are films you watch over and over again to revisit those unique moments.  Super awesome-ness!

The Mechanic does not merit a high awesome rating or repeat viewing, but it is fun.  If you want to lose yourself for a few hours it won’t hurt you.  You will forget about it soon enough because there is no substance to merit a return visit. 

Hope all is well on your side of the world. 

SAG Awards Winners!

Screen Actors Guild

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WOOT!  The King’s Speech received some love from the Screen Actors Guild!  Gives me hope that Social Network may not run away with the Oscar…maybe…we’ll see!