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4.0 out of 5 stars Let the killing begin...
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...
Published on 20 April 2011 by Movieman

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3.0 out of 5 stars "Stupid to kill someone when you have a motive. Might as well paint a bulls eye on your back."
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...
Published on 24 April 2012 by Trevor Willsmer


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4.0 out of 5 stars Let the killing begin..., 20 April 2011
This review is from: The Mechanic [DVD] (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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3.0 out of 5 stars "Stupid to kill someone when you have a motive. Might as well paint a bulls eye on your back.", 24 April 2012
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mechanic [Blu-ray] (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. Sadly these never have quite enough impact because, although Statham did most of his own stunt work, between the camerawork keeping the shots very tight and the editing threatening to go into overdrive at times, it doesn't show that much. Statham's no Bronson but he's more than adequate in a role that never strays from his comfort zone (although there are hints of ruthlessness with innocent bystanders, he only hurts people who deserve it), Foster gives his part more than it deserves and Sutherland provides good old school professionalism in his brief role, but it never rises above a professionally put together formulaic timewaster. And while producers Millennium films must be getting great tax breaks in Louisiana with this and Herzog's Bad Lieutenant, someone really should tell them that it doubles for South America in the opening scenes about as convincingly as Milton Keynes doubled for Metropolis in Superman IV.

Momentum's Blu-ray only boasts an average transfer, with some digital (as opposed to film) grain apparent in some shots and not much more detail than you'd expect on DVD, but can generally be found at a cheap enough price. Extras are fairly perfunctory: a few deleted and alternate scenes, spoiler-heavy trailer and a seven-minute puff piece featurette on the stunts.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanic has a Generic Problem, 14 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: The Mechanic [DVD] (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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanic - a mechanical remake, 24 Feb. 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD KILL A MAN IN A WHEEL CHAIR?, 17 Sept. 2013
This review is from: The Mechanic [DVD] (DVD)
Jason Stratham plays a stone cold hit man. The opening scene had me sold with an unusual assassination, although I don't know why a millionaire would keep his indoor swimming pool water so dark, someone could hide on the bottom. Jason has two friends in the world. One is a prostitute who he pays to be his friend (sex, nudity). And the other is the Donald Sutherland who gives him his assignments. His next assignment is to kill Donald Sutherland, which he does. Against anyone's best judgment, he then takes on Donald Sutherland's loose cannon son as an apprentice.

The movie moves along as separate unconnected killing scenes, then comes together at the end with the expected twist and results. It also had a "Bourne" telephone scene, which is something I always enjoy.

Good action flick. It never drags. Soundtrack was okay, but really needed to be kicked up a notch. The movie doesn't build any background or character, which is why it moves. Better than any film which starred Steven Seagal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent remake, 7 Jun. 2013
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Statham delivers his mean and moody best in this slick actioner from Simon West Stolen [DVD]. As the hit man of the title he does jobs around the globe for a shadowy organisation. The opening montage sees Arthur Bishop (Statham) complete a well staged hit which sets the scene for things to come. A further job sees him taking on a protegee who, unbeknown to Bishop, has some serious character flaws and will soon bear a dangerous grudge. He also has to deal with some doublecrossing by his paymasters. Simon West is a dependable director who delivers journeyman thrills which entertain but rarely stretch the genre. Having said that, there are some explosive engagements in this deftly handled remake and the ending is particularly well crafted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Two words: `Jason' and `Statham', 14 Sept. 2013
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Albatross "Never argue with idiots" (Suburbia) - See all my reviews
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Question 1: Have you watched a Jason Statham film in the last few years? If the answer is yes, then you have basically seen The Mechanic. If the answer is no, then you have to like you action films gritty and violent, but without the big budget that were synonymous with the action stars of the eighties.

Question 2: If you have seen a recent Statham movie, did you like it? If the answer is `yes' then you will probably like this one, too. If the answer is `no' then move on.

Sometimes it feels like `the Stath' never sleeps. He seems to churn out these sorts of films on a thrice-yearly basis. They all look the same. They all follow the same basic story. And they're all called something like `The Mark, Sold,' or `Bullet.'

`The Mechanic' is a remake of an old Charles Bronson film (which I haven't seen, so I can't compare the two). The Stath is an assassin (or `mechanic' as they call them in this film) who takes on a protégé, played by Ben Foster, in order to - reluctantly - teach him the trade. This he does. And carnage follows.

I'd love to give this more than three stars, but the fact that it just blurs into every other Jason Statham film kind of makes it not really that deserving of much more. It's just a typical Statham film. It's getting to the stage that if you've seen one then you've seen them all. Personally, I don't mind a mindless action film here and there, so if I'm in the mood for one then a Statham film does the job.

The Mechanic: Enjoyed and forgotten.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A dip in form for the Stath, 5 July 2011
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This review is from: The Mechanic [DVD] (DVD)
The Mechanic in question is professional hitman Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham - Lock, Stock) renowned for his clean kills. And after an incident with his mentor & friend, Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland - M*A*S*H) , Bishop begins to train McKenna's son Steve (Ben Foster - 3.10 To Yuma) into the trade, however Steve is anything but clean with his kills, and nothing but trouble. Bishop doesn't tell him about his father, and as it turns out, he isn't the only one keeping a secret.

The acting is quite good in this film, but as you'd expect it takes a back seat in favor of the action, which is done well with Simon West, the director of Con Air & Lara Croft Tomb Raider at the helm. I didn't think it was one of Statham's usual watchable, quality level movies overall. Partly as i didn't find any sympathy or connection with any of the characters, especially Statham's, that i could normally root for against the baddie's. And his tolerance on screen to Foster's sloppy assassin trainee character, sucked out some beliveability. Still it had the right balance of story & action to keep you interested enough to the end, even though it is predictable in places.

In conclusion, The mechanic is a step backwards for Statham's usual reliable quality, i'd be hard pressed to muster up the encouragement to watch this a 2nd time. Worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brutal : but wholly entertaining!., 20 Dec. 2014
This review is from: The Mechanic [DVD] (DVD)
I'd seen this remake in full (unlike the original which I'd seen in parts), action star Jason Statham - good as always - is practically another "Leon" (1994) : only more vicious. Directed by Simon West - who'd team up again with Statham in "The Expendables 2 -certainly doesn't disappoint when delivering the tension. Those who want to add another action thriller to their DVD collection, then stop right here!.
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