Title: Mechanic: Resurrection
Director: Dennis Gansel
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Leads: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones
First off let me tell you this as a disclaimer. I have a bit of an obsession with Jason Statham. It must be said before I continue, and yes it is hard to be objective about a movie that he stars in.
Ok on to the specifics! the movie itself is 98 minutes long (1 hour & 38 minutes). Sometimes I want these movies to last longer, but they also have to have the content to extend them. So I believe, even though I want more, that this length is perfect for this type of movie. It is set in the genres above and that is spot on. It has an R rating, due to the nature of the violence and the language used throughout the movie. The language is generally sporadic and not the main reason for this rating. This is indeed the sequel to the 2012 movie “The Mechanic” (which I also loved). Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop who is an assassin that specialized in accidental deaths. Jessica Alba plays his love interest Gina, and the curve ball of the group is Tommy Lee Jones who plays Max Adams one of Bishop’s targets.
So the story line is simply this: Bishop left his old life and assumed a new name. He is found by his old frienemy Crain (Sam Hazeldine). Crain wants Bishop to come out of his hiding/retirement and assassinate three high profile targets to keep his secret identity safe. Clearly like any movie he doesn’t respond well, but is later put into a situation where Gina, is captured and held hostage until he eliminates the targets. Of course like always he has to keep each kill looking like an accident, in order to ensure the safety of Gina. You will have to watch and see about Tommy Lee Jones, I don’t want to ruin it. That is about all I can say about it without giving anything away.
I for one don’t know if Jessica Alba was the right choice for this role. Yes she is/was a high profile star for some time. Yes she is attractive, but I feel like they shot too high for the roll in a way. I feel like it would be a better movie if there wasn’t such a household name, so to speak, in that role. So in a way that is a compliment to Alba haha.
Jason Statham has been my favorite actor for years now. I like, in a way, that he has stayed a ‘B’ list actor all while continuing to be the star in movies. His fight scenes in any movie are amazing. They are well thought out, well written, and very different than most. He opts to fight by hand to hand combat and use his soundings to his advantage. His slight accent makes him perfect for a ton of roles, as well as his physique, and demeanor.
This movie, does have plenty of action, unlike “Atomic Blonde” which I reviewed previously. Yes is had fight scenes, but it also has helicopters, explosions, dangerous people, risky stunts, and more. This movie was never received well, partly because it isn’t as main stream, and partly because it is a sequel to another movie that wasn’t received all too well. That doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good movie.
There are a couple negatives about this movie as well. This is the hard part for me to admit haha. Some of the explosions and fire graphics are far too fake. They really seem like they took no time at all to make them seem any bit real. Again being a bit picky, movies like this tend to allow pistols to hold 50 round magazines without having to re-load. This movie is guilty of that, unfortunately. The sound track is just blah, as it is your typical action suspense sounds. It was never there to be a hit sound track, and it won’t be. I like to have a well rounded movie and that does in cooperate things like music and CGI. I want the whole package and this movie, like mannny others falls flat at times.
In summary I love Jason Statham. I love his movies. I think his love interest was casted wrong, but it is only a minor thing. It is a typical action movie if that is what you are looking for. It has every piece you want to see, and you should watch it at least once. that way you can judge for yourself! 😀
That all being said I would recommend watching this movie in any capacity! I personally give this movie a 6.5/10