By: Lawrence Foster
Rating: 8 out of 10
Being a badass has become a lost art in Hollywood. In the1980’s, Bruce Willis (Die Hard) and Sylvester Stallone (First Blood) epitomized the muscular
The proverbial torch hasn’t been passed because actors who should be BA, The Rock and Vin Diesel, are hard to believe as badasses when they have starred in blood-soaked films like The Tooth Fairy and The Pacifier.
Well the torch has been officially passed to Jason Statham, who is once again as brilliant as one can be in an action film.
The Mechanic puts Statham right where he belongs and his co-star in the film, Ben Foster, is a perfect compliment to Statham.
The Mechanic is a remake of a 1972 film starring Charles Bronson. Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, a top-notch killer for hire, who is charged with murdering his mentor Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) because McKenna putting the screw to the company.
After Bishop completes the job, McKenna’s son Steve (Foster) asks Bishop to train him to be like Bishop. The seasoned killer initially denies the request, but there wouldn’t be much of a film if he didn’t train him, so he takes the youngster under his wing.
The training with the two men and preparation for Steve’s first job is just plain fun to watch. The duo has almost an awkward relationship, but the interaction never gets to over the top.
The highlight of the film to me wasn’t the ending, but rather Steve’s pursuit of his first job. It is actually quite humorous as the section is “narrated” by Bishop. In the narration, Bishop is telling Steve how to kill his target and make it look like an accident and what NOT to do. The funny part is as the narration is going on, Steve is doing the exact opposite.
Based on how Steve completes the job (in an amazing fight sequence), he wanted the death to be up close and personal.
For an action film, the narrative actually makes since and is, fairly, deep. It’s not going to be winning any Oscar’s, but is nice to see an action film where the story and dialogue serve a purpose.
My only two complaints with the film are that I would have loved to see the movie stretch another 20 minutes and to fill that time with more interaction between Steve and Bishop.
The other gripe is the ending. That’s all I’ll say on that because I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but it is not the one I wanted or anticipated.
If you are a fan of action films and true bad-asses, The Mechanic is for you.