Movie: The Mechanic Director: Simon West Release Date: January 2011 Writers: Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino Run Time: 92 Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller Tagline: Someone has to fix the problems. Review: I am in no way familiar with the original Charles Bronson film The Mechanic from 1972, but that may have actually been a benefit with a film like this.
Movie: The Mechanic
- Director: Simon West
- Release Date: January 2011
- Writers: Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino
- Run Time: 92
- Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Tagline: Someone has to fix the problems.
Review: I am in no way familiar with the original Charles Bronson film The Mechanic from 1972, but that may have actually been a benefit with a film like this. This remake does seem to be targeted toward my demographic though. The Mechanic caters to those who enjoy hard hitting action films with a lot of blood that spews more vulgarities than you care to keep track of with a fair chance of nudity along the way. Truth be told, if done right those types of films can be massively entertaining and The Mechanic definitely falls into the done right category.
Jason Statham really seems to be hit or miss when it comes to how entertaining his films are and lately his work just has not been all that satisfying. The Expendables left a really sour taste in my mouth, so I was not sure how The Mechanic would turn out. However, this film was actually able to put Statham back in top form since it was able to deliver a pretty great story to compliment Stathams bone crunching fight sequences he has become notorious for. Despite the fact that the dialogue is filled with F bombs left and right, it fit the overall tone of the film very well. Ben Foster was not disappointing either. Foster is one of those incredible talents in his early thirties that most people seem to overlook as having endless potential. As far as his performance in The Mechanic, it is not quite as powerful as he was in The Messenger but seems to be more similar to his role in Hostage yet refined a bit to leave his true motives questionable.
Donald Sutherland also makes the most of his short time on screen. He has two scenes with Jason Statham where he makes two fairly long speeches that seem to stick with you long after his character is gone. Thats how short lived characters in films like this should be, memorable.
The one thing the film falls victim to is the shaky camera during fight and chase scenes. It works most of the time and is not hard to follow, but there were two scenes involving Jason Stathams character where it was hard to distinguish everything that was being shown because of this technique. Its just when two guys are in a scuffle and they are throwing fists or hurling their legs at their opponent, the camera whipping back and forth at the same time does not really help matters. Now some guys dead, another falls to the ground after we hear a snap, and another is clutching his stomach even though we only saw the main character move twice. The technique gets confusing and either needs to be modified somehow or dropped altogether for something new.
The Mechanic is actually really entertaining and is very much the definition of a guy film. It is packed to the brim with explosions, bloody headshots, broken limbs, and even a hefty and destructive car chase sequence. The film is worth seeing for Ben Fosters performance, but it is nice to see Jason Statham in a film that is not disappointing for once. Overall, The Mechanic is dark, gritty, bloody, and just a hell of a lot of fun.