The Mechanic is a remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson film, about a hit-man who takes as apprentice the son of a man he has killed. The two bond over target practice and other lessons in the art of murder. The whole time, the son doesn?t know that his guru is his father?s murderer. I haven?t seen the original film but in the remake, this reasonably interesting story becomes a soul-less exercise in violence, sadism and mind-numbing action sequences. Bodies are broken, sliced, pierced and shot in every way possible and lots of vehicles blow up in slow motion. I?m not sure whose idea of entertainment this is but it?s certainly not mine.
Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, an artist-assassin whose work is so impeccable that his victims look like they died of natural causes. An elegant man, he appreciates classical music and nice cars and lives in a kind of monastic solitude. Which is shattered by the entry of the twitchy and unpredictable Steve played by Ben Foster.
But director Simon West doesn?t explore the dynamics of these two disparate men coming together. Instead we get murders, explosions and killers talking tough with lines like: What I do requires a certain mindset or revenge is an emotion that can get you killed. Statham has a solid action-hero presence but he can?t imbue any heft into this resolutely, forgive the pun, mechanical movie. See it if you must.