The Mechanic is yet another one of Jason Statham’s action packed films featuring fast cars, fast women and basically, a lot of dead bodies by the end of the movie. If you ask me how its any different from any one of Statham’s previous offerings, then, the answer is none. Because basically, Statham’s involvement in any movie after the The Transporter is a guarantee that he will show up and kick some ass.
The film has a very simple plot. Even an idiot with half a brain could figure out five minutes into the film that there was going to be a double cross, a conspiracy and revenge. Three key elements that is sure to get the audiences involved from the get go. Arthur Bishop (Statham) is a hitman (Mechanic — an expert in fixing things), a specialist in offing people based on what is required by the client — accidents, statements, and even jobs that are so clean that nobody even knows he was there. Bishop is commissioned by a powerful businessman to eliminate his mentor Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) for betraying the organization. Bishop gets the job done but later finds himself mentoring McKenna’s hotheaded son Steve, who had daddy issues, just like the next guy. The duo finds out that it was not Harry who was the traitor but rather somebody else within the group, and they go after the guy guns ablazing.
I did a bit of reading about the film and found out that it was actually a remake of Charles Bronson’s classic in 1972, but the story was a bit modified in its 2011 version. I did not see the original so I don’t have any basis to compare. Charles Bronson was a great action star in his time, but this is the era of Statham, a cool, suave, methodical Englishman who takes no prisoners in his acting and in his movie choices.
Aside from the action scenes, I liked the witty script. Save the fuel, I’m coming to get you. Priceless. There were also a lot of one liners and zingers that sustained the badass momentum of the film. The one thing that was implausible throughout was that there were no cops or firemen in pursuit no matter how big the ruckus or how loud the explosions were, until the very end that is.
Another thing that I liked about it was the tension that was palpalable throughout the movie. Audiences could feel Bishop’s distress over whether or not to kill his best friend, and in the later part when Steve would figure out who killed his father. Even until the last minutes, audiences will still be at the edge of their seats wondering who would prevail. The movie came full circle. There was a beginning, middle and end. And it was an ending that was worth the wait. The Mechanic is highly recommended for action aficionados and audiences who want to be thoroughly entertained.