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.
- ‘The Mechanic’ Red Band Movie Trailer (slashfilm.com)