The Mechanic

Rated: R – For strong brutal violence, language, sexual content and nudity
Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland
I must begin with a confession: I have always liked Jason Statham. Ever since I saw him in “Snatch” I’ve been drawn to his tough-guy charms and seen just about everything he’s ever done, usually with a big smile on my face. It was no different with “The Mechanic”.
This is a reimagining of the 1972 Charles Bronson film. Statham plays Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a talent for making his work look like accidents.  He’s the best in his profession but things get complicated when his next assignment turns out to be his old friend and confidant Harry (Sutherland). Out of guilt he takes Harry’s son Steve (Foster) under his wing as his apprentice. Things seem to be going well until Steve learns the truth about his father’s death.
This is the kind of movie where lots of stuff blows up and Statham kills many people.  Like many of Statham’s films, it’s full of action but in a pulpy, B movie kind of way. Still, it’s quite enjoyable as long you know what you’re getting yourself into.
Grade: B
Trivia: Jason Statham was an Olympic Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992.
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