The Mechanic (2011)

“Vengeance…sorry I meant Victory is bliss!!!”

The Mechanic

 Momentum Pictures in association with CBS Films and Lionsgate present…

  1. Mechanic /mɪˈkænɪk/ – a person who repairs machines (such as car engines) and keeps them running properly (Merriam Webster Dictionary)
  2. Mechanic /mɪˈkænɪk/ – someone who repairs, has contracts, the clean up guy! (defined in the movie)

I think the two definitions can make than more debate on why someone who supposed to repair something can ruin it as well!!!

A remake of a classic film which originally starred Charles Bronson, the film follows Jason Statham (The Transporter) as Arthur Bishop he reprises the role of a hit man for hire taking down individuals who are deemed threat to the general public. Alone and secluded, he accepts missions from an Operative through discreet, encoded emails and places and his only acquaintances are his arsenal and a hooker!

Life was quiet until his mentor Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) was found tampering with an operation that killed field agents. Reckless abandon as they say! Hesitant at first, Arthur needs to tie up loose strings and get back to whoever planned this double crossed mission.

Still a fast paced action thriller built around assassinations and a bad taste of conscience left for your after taste buds. I did appreciate the film better than the Transporter franchise for reasons of a back story that made it more palpable, not to be stereotyped (well a little more drama was inculcated) again from his previous films but it gives more meaning to what a Professional really is, as always Jason makes these films for the action junkies and fans alike!

On the other end, the film has its moments on slapstick bravado taking in more slack on Jason’s cool demeanor and his poker face impressionism that gives off monotony in every character and film he’s in!

Jumping on the lime light, I could say the film is well casted and to see Tony Goldwyn perform (last saw him in Ghost) was definitely worth it. To add, one of my favorite underrated actors Ben Foster (Pandorum, 3:10 To Yuma, 30 Days of Night), has always a knock-out performance in playing anti-heroes!

Lost and nowhere to go Steve (Ben Foster) wants, needs to redirect his anger and frustrations from a recent loss which Bishop realizes consequently! I really liked the dynamic of the Bishop and Steve. Though Bishop is a loner, he takes in Steve as an act of gratitude to Harry. It gives more depth to the overall machinations of the story, training and learning was the very basic concept of handling situations in missions but applying them is key to be successful in the business!

Director Simon West (Con-Air) instils again his facility to combine drama with straight up action. Known for his remarkable work on “The General’s Daughter” and Jerry Bruckheimer’s produced film “Con-Air” which shot through the box office in 1997.

The soundtrack created by Mark Isham (Crash) compliments each situation, mission and direction of the unrelenting duo. It combines jazz, electronic beats that makes up for the movie’s premise in New Orleans, Lousiana, making it more susceptible to the summer heat and grove marshlands!

It’s a very compelling film, street smart acting, gun fights and explosions (with sense and meaning) you name it! In the end, they say it is better to serve vengeance in a cold platter. But hey, it doesn’t matter if you’re run over by a bus, blown to pieces or lit up in a ball of fire. Bottom line, just make sure you prepare on things you need to accomplish because it entails sweet victory!!!


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