If Jason Statham was a real mechanic he would have taken the first movie, put it under a microscope, get rid of any mistakes no matter how tiny and repair them like a real mechanic would until the end result would be much improved.
That’s basically how you can sum up the sequel to the 2011 original. Never mind that the first movie gets a slightly better score on IMDB – probably coz it was an original idea back then – there’s no doubt that Mechanic: Resurrection is the better movie in virtually every single department. Where the original Mechanic was often times a little hard to enjoy because of blurry camera and shaky action shots, this new movie understands these flaws and deals with them properly.
The new Mechanic-movie is slick, beautifully choreographed and a joy to watch … even if the plot is as thin as toilet paper and the hero never gets hurt.
Truth of the matter is, watching Jason Statham kick a guy’s teeth out or have him going up on a roof James Bond-style never gets old. The man differs from your usual action hero, coz most of the times what you see on screen is what he does for real. Jason Statham isn’t the kind of man who sits in his chair, drinking a cold beer and smoking a cigarette whilst a stunt double does all his work. Nope: here’s an actor who’s well trained in Kickboxing and Jujitsu, and gladly shows off a move or two, like a hard-ass special forces soldier.
The fact that Mechanic: Resurrection doubles the action, enlarges the set pieces by a tenfold and plays with the ingenuity of how to get from point A to point B makes the whole makes thát much more fun to watch!
But believe it or not, the story itself is also a merrymaking mirth. You’ll be smiling your teeth whiter than fresh toothpaste when watching your favorite Brit dangling from a roof top or blowing up a prison wall. Other than before, Arthur Bishop is now a targeted man unless he can complete a list of near-impossible tasks, which essentially boils down to him having to kill someone and make it look like an accident.
Even though it only takes five minutes to unveil to entire plot, you’ll be enjoying the rest of the movie long after the credits. This is one serious step up from the previous movie which – in comparison – is rather mundane; thus guaranteeing a possible third outcome for the baldheaded martial arts man.
Add to the mix the everlasting beauty of Jessica Alba, the natural kick-ass lady Michelle Yeoh and sir Tommy Lee Jones (I call him ‘sir’ coz he’s too good to simply call by name), a man who seems to return on a weekly basis in a new action movie – he was also seen acting out in the latest Borne debacle – and you know you have a cast that looks sweeter than a pineapple chocolate covered cake.
No need to think on this movie, or during watching it, just sit back and feast your eyes on this wonderful simplicity of kick-backs and push-overs.
did you know?
The original film was not a huge hit, so this sequel was financed independently. Director Dennis Gansel tried to give his movie a James Bond-like atmosphere, hoping he could create many more “Mechanic” sequels.
Give it to me straight:
It doesn’t happen much that an original idea for a movie fails to become a big success, yet still spawns a sequel a few years later. Reason for it is Jason Statham who wanted to give his fans a starring performance again in the genre they have come to expect from him. Plus director Dennis Gansel took the original idea and blew it wide open into a more frenzied atmosphere. This means: more action, more kicking of the feet, more shooting, more things blowing up (though not nearly quite enough, comparing to other big-budget action movies) and a story that better serves its one-dimensional characters.
Jessica Alba is still pretty to look at and seals the deal when pitched against the better likes of Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh. All in all, this is a simplistic action movie perfect to start your weekend or to relax after a hard day’s work. No brain activity allowed in here – just tons of fun!
One issue: the action is often a little too clean in that Jason Statham’s character never – and I mean ever! – gets bloodied or broken bones. Not even a single bruise …