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Mechanic [Blu-ray] [2011] [US Import]

Jason Statham , Ben Foster , Simon West    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Chase
  • Directors: Simon West
  • Writers: Lewis John Carlino, Richard Wenk
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Danny Lerner, David Winkler
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HO6HWK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,150 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The 1972 version of The Mechanic is a tough-minded action film that reflects its disillusioned era. While no masterpiece, it does get points for the retro-coolness of prime-era Charles Bronson, cast as an ice-cold hit man who begins teaching the tricks of the trade to a young apprentice. So the prospect of a 2011 remake isn't especially sacrilegious, and handing the central role to 21st-century tough guy Jason Statham is a logical choice; Statham's got the moves, the voice, and the three-day stubble necessary for the role. In some fairly significant ways, though, the remake backs away from the hardness of the original and settles for a less daring approach. Director Simon West (Con Air) manages to make even New Orleans locations seem monotonous, as he covers everything in a baked-butterscotch glaze and surrounds his antihero with the sleekest, most boring kind of modern hardware (the old skool LP turntable is a nice exception). Statham stays in his locked-down key throughout, while, as his student, Ben Foster--somewhat less jittery here than in the likes of 3:10 to Yuma or Alpha Dog--strides into one reckless situation after another. Playing peripheral roles as members of the hit man's shadowy network, Donald Sutherland and Tony Goldwyn successfully read their lines. The actual targets of the hits are creepy enough so that we aren't unduly troubled by Statham's line of work, and the ending falls far short of the memorable original. A take-no-prisoners approach to violence makes this seem even more like an empty exercise. --Robert Horton


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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the killing begin... 20 April 2011
Format:DVD
Statham fans will know what to expect and will not be disappointed.

Guess what, he's a top assasin - particularly good at faking accidental deaths. As hard and wiley as they come.

Without giving anything away he ends up focusing his vast killing aptitude on a revenge mission.

It's enjoyable stuff if you're in the mood and is one of his better movies.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanic has a Generic Problem 14 Mar 2011
By Mitun
Format:DVD
'The Mechanic' is an action-thriller film, which is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name that starred Charles Bronson in the lead. The remake released in 2011 to negative reviews, however managed to become a moderate success at the box-office.

The story centres around Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), a professional assassin who starts to mentor an apprentice (Ben Foster) who is related to one of his victims.

The movie has an interesting start and progresses at a fast pace with good action set-pieces. There are a few subtle twists throughout and also a couple in the climax.

The flaws are the predictable storyline, lifeless characters, pivotal scenes that are a bit rushed and a number of pointless/sleazy scenes.

Statham performs his trademark role in his normal way, nothing new. He's still a likeable action hero though. I'm not a fan of Ben Foster's but he performs well. Both actors share most of the screen time in the movie together, unfortunately there is no chemistry between them. Donald Sutherland is competent in a brief role. Tony Goldwyn is unconvincing.

The direction provided by Simon West is just about average only due to the exciting action choreography. The editing is abrupt and quite a high movie budget (about $40,000,000) seems to have been wasted as the money isn't justified on-screen.

The background music score by Mark Isham is classy and a highlight of the movie.

The remake fails to match the originals quality but still is watchable.

'The Mechanic', The Problem and The Fix are all straight-forward in the film. The only thing that's missing is a straight-forward audience. In the end, no harm watching this time-pass actioner and completing the job.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 17 Feb 2013
By ginagee
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was one of four Jason Statham films that I ordered and the first one I watched and it is typical Statham and that means a great film...if you like him ofcourse! It's a fast moving film, not a bad story, lots of action, lots of killing I enjoyed it. I thought Ben Foster was good, but can't think of anything he'd been in before but he was good in this. So if you are into watching 'Mr Cool' Statham, then you will love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
1972's Charles Bronson thriller The Mechanic aka Killer of Killers, was that extreme rarity, a terrific Michael Winner movie, and one that tapped into the paranoid and morally skewed mood of its day with its tale of a mob hitman taking on an equally sociopathic apprentice (Jan-Michael Vincent) who wants to take his crown as the best in the business. Simon West's 2011 remake shares the same original title, The Mechanic, but despite original screenwriter Lewis John Carlino sharing a co-writing credit and being produced by the sons of the original's co-producers only shares its basic premise and part of its nihilistic ending. This time Jason Statham is the top hitman working for a faceless corporation that may or may not be government-related who finds himself taking best friend Donald Sutherland's screwed-up son Ben Foster under his wing and trying to teach him the tricks of his trade, with increasingly messy results. This time the tension is not the unspoken deadly competitiveness between the two killers but whether Foster will find out just why Statham's guilt has driven him to take on such a hopeless case who screws up every assignment by not paying attention to any of his advice and who is painting a target on his back with every spectacular near failure.

Unfortunately, while the motive for betrayal may look stronger on paper, on screen it plays off more routine because there's never a hint that these two may be equally matched, with the younger man's powers growing as the elder's wane. Although the competitive element is all but dropped in favour of a standard conspiracy subplot so obvious it just makes Statham look gullible, it's a foregone conclusion who is going to be the winner here, leaving it more dependent on the amped up action scenes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold And Not That Enjoyable 21 May 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Definitely a try before you buy this one.

Premise of the story is that it's a remake of the earlier Charles Bronson version with Jason Statham as the seasoned hitman who takes under his wing the young adult son of his mentor, out for vengeance. Unfortunately there's very little chemistry from the main characters, Statham seems to become more wooden with each film - zero humour, i.e, none of the wit of Frank in the Transporter films or the manic OTT of Chelios in Crank and Crank 2. Ben Foster is just scary, I'm sure he's a totally different guy out of character and he was okay in Pandorum, but here he just creeps me out. He is not the guy you'd want to share a room or prison cell with. It's also a tad misogynistic with the few female characters being relegated to hookers or bar pick ups.

There's violence aplenty and with people getting squished under cars or being hurled off buildings it's actually something of a surprise this got a 15 certificate.

The plot such as it is meanders along but it's hard to take much interest in what was happening. Hitman did this so much better and at least with a female sidekick avoiding some of the slight homo-erotic overtones this film projects.

The final twist can be seen a mile off and if you've watched the whole film it's not hard to think of a much better surprise ending they could have come up with (to say more would give it away, I guess).

Anyhow rental, yes, but only die hard Statham or Foster fans will probably want to buy this.
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