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The Mechanic 2011

Jason Statham is Arthur Bishop - the 'Mechanic' - an elite assassin with a unique talent for eliminating targets with deadly skill and total emotional detachment. The only attachment in his life is to his mentor and friend Harry.When Harry is murdered Bishop takes on a self-imposed assignment to kill the murderers, using Harry's own legacy to avenge his death. Harry's son Steve emer...

Starring:
Jason Statham, Ben Foster
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure
Director Simon West
Starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster
Supporting actors Tony Goldwyn, Donald Sutherland, Jeff Chase, Mini Anden, James Logan, Eddie J. Fernandez, Joshua Bridgewater, John McConnell, Christa Campbell, Joel Davis, Mark Nutter, Ardy Brent Carlson, Lara Grice, Lance E. Nichols, J.D. Evermore, Ada Michelle Loridans, Linnzi Zaorski, Dawn Neufeld
Studio Lionsgate
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2012
Format: DVD
The Mechanic is a remake of the early `70s classic that starred Charles Bronson and was directed by Michael Winner. Unusually for a Winner film it was directed with imagination and a bit of flair, and with the ultra cool central performance from Bronson, radiating a casual machismo, it has become one of my favourite films.

The remake casts Jason Statham in the Bronson role and is directed by Simon West. It is a competent thriller, and largely follows the plot of the original film for the first half. Then it seems to go off the rails and side tracks into a plot revolving around personal revenge. It seems to lose its balls and whimps out of making an ending that resembles the nihilistic, fatalistic end of the original film that showed the futility of the cycle of violence.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the film. Statham, surely the hardest working action man around, is always good value for money, and he almost manages to fill Bronson's shoes with his stoic, taciturn charm. The action is plentiful and well staged, and the remade plot is reasonable enough. And there is a great cameo from Donald Sutherland, full of pathos and dignity. It's just that it sets itself up as a rival to great film, and such it just fails to deliver. So three stars only.
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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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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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