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Review: Mechanic: Resurrection

Mechanic: Resurrection
08.26.2016
6 10
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PLOT: Years after having faked his death, professional assassin Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is blackmailed out of retirement when the woman he loves (Jessica Alba) is kidnapped. If he wants her back, he’ll have to perform three impossible executions and make them look like accidents – something which just so happens to be his specialty.

REVIEW: I’m not really sure why MECHANIC: RESURRECTION didn’t screen for the press. I mean, after all, it’s a Jason Statham punch-up movie. What do they think critics will expect? At the end of the day, you can only really compare this sequel to other Statham movies, with the CRANK films, THE BANK JOB, SAFE and the original MECHANIC coming out on the high end, while entries like PARKER and HOMEFRONT come out on the lower end.

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In this regard, MECHANIC: RESURRECTION comes out somewhere in the middle. While not as good as the original (in fact, Bishop is so different here it barely feels like a sequel and seems more like a TRANSPORTER movie or a remake of KILLER ELITE to which the premise is nearly identical), which itself was only ok, the movie does have a few things going for it, namely good scenery (with shooting done in Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Malaysia, and Bulgaria), a fast pace, some good kills and Statham himself, who’s obviously not letting the fact that he’s pushing fifty slow him down.

It’s actually been awhile since Statham’s last solo action flick, with him having mostly been a supporting guy in A-fare like SPY and FURIOUS 7. It’s too bad the flair for comedy he showed in SPY isn’t really exploited, with him back in quiet, killing-machine mode. Then again, people go to Statham movies for a body count and in that regard this R-rated actioner doesn’t disappoint, with the opening credits barely over by the time he burns half a bad guy’s face off on a grill. There’s punch ups and shoot-outs galore, although the action is mostly small scale with tell-tale third-rate CGI suggesting the budget was limited this time out.

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Even still, MECHANIC: RESURRECTION surrounds Statham with a good cast, although one needs to question the rationale of casting Michelle Yeoh opposite Statham and then not having her do any fighting at all (she doesn’t even throw a punch). Jessica Alba is appealing as Statham’s doe-eyed love interest, who we learn runs a shelter for children in Cambodia (but looks like she also finds plenty of gym time as well – with generous shots of her amazing bikini body). While mostly window dressing, the early bits where her and Statham fall in love actually let him cut loose a bit and even smile, which is nice to see as probably the closest Statham had to a love interest up to now is Tyrese in DEATH RACE.

While prominently billed, Tommy Lee Jones is entirely absent from MECHANIC: RESURRECTION until the last act, with him being a misunderstood arms dealer who winds-up on Statham’s hit list. Sporting a soul patch and an earring, Jones has fun with his limited part and seems a whole lot more engaged than he did in his other recent Millennium Films actioner, CRIMINAL. In a way he seems to be evoking his famous villain part in UNDER SIEGE and it’s nice to see Jones cut loose with the smack talk a bit – although again he only has maybe ten minutes of screen time.

In the end, a review for something like MECHANIC: RESURRECTION is pointless as if you’re a Statham fan you’re already planning on seeing this and there’s nothing I can write here that will dissuade you. It’s actually a perfectly serviceable little action flick. It’s not going to be the one that will finally allow Statham to branch-out from B-movies, but it’s pleasing in that it plays to his fanbase and doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:39PM on 08/27/2016

Six!?!?!?!

Seriously....a "Six"?
More like "Shit".

EVERY time this guy makes a "Mechanic" movie, he kills another part of Bronson's soul.

STOP MAKING "Mechanic" MOVIES! you cardboard cut out.
Seriously....a "Six"?
More like "Shit".

EVERY time this guy makes a "Mechanic" movie, he kills another part of Bronson's soul.

STOP MAKING "Mechanic" MOVIES! you cardboard cut out.
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3:19AM on 08/27/2016
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" had the same problem with Michelle Yeoh. I'll probably go on for Jessica Alba - at least it'll likely have more action than "Into The Blue."
"The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" had the same problem with Michelle Yeoh. I'll probably go on for Jessica Alba - at least it'll likely have more action than "Into The Blue."
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10:00PM on 08/26/2016
Who asked for this garbage? Nobody even remembers the first movie.
Who asked for this garbage? Nobody even remembers the first movie.
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8:41PM on 08/26/2016

This just looked like crap.

The previews alone made this looks like a cheap, lazy, late summer cash grab with the same plot of every action movie ever. On top of that it's a sequel to a movie that didn't need one coming way too late for anyone to care. It's also very clear that there is little to do with the first Mechanic. I actually feel bad for Statham having to do a movie like this, as well as Tommy Lee Jones who really seems to be getting talked into some crap lately. Lastly Jessica Alba is very obviously just the
The previews alone made this looks like a cheap, lazy, late summer cash grab with the same plot of every action movie ever. On top of that it's a sequel to a movie that didn't need one coming way too late for anyone to care. It's also very clear that there is little to do with the first Mechanic. I actually feel bad for Statham having to do a movie like this, as well as Tommy Lee Jones who really seems to be getting talked into some crap lately. Lastly Jessica Alba is very obviously just the love interest with this almost feeling beneath her.
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8:43PM on 08/26/2016
Also If anyone gives a shit I ranked my top five best Statham films the other night.

1. Snatch/Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

2. The Bank Job

3. Crank 2

4. Killer Elite

5. Homefront
Also If anyone gives a shit I ranked my top five best Statham films the other night.

1. Snatch/Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

2. The Bank Job

3. Crank 2

4. Killer Elite

5. Homefront
1:06PM on 08/29/2016
No love for Safe? I'd put it in along with Crank 1 and 2 and get rid of Killer Elite and Homefront, which are turds imho.
No love for Safe? I'd put it in along with Crank 1 and 2 and get rid of Killer Elite and Homefront, which are turds imho.
6:50PM on 08/26/2016

Can't Be That Bad

Though I probably won't go to see it in Theaters (nothing is beckoning to me until "The Magnificent Seven" screens next month) but I will be there when it comes to Vudu or Amazon and if it's good I'll by the Blu Ray when the price comes down.
Though I probably won't go to see it in Theaters (nothing is beckoning to me until "The Magnificent Seven" screens next month) but I will be there when it comes to Vudu or Amazon and if it's good I'll by the Blu Ray when the price comes down.
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5:29PM on 08/26/2016

Well

I'll see it next week and be a judge of this.
I'll see it next week and be a judge of this.
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12:33PM on 08/26/2016

Here we go again

Poor Statham......great in both Guy Ritchie movies......bad in everything else. Please give him a GOOD script and put him in another great movie before he does straight to DVD shite....which i think he already has.
Poor Statham......great in both Guy Ritchie movies......bad in everything else. Please give him a GOOD script and put him in another great movie before he does straight to DVD shite....which i think he already has.
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4:18AM on 08/28/2016
Statham needs a good action film like The Bank Job.
Statham needs a good action film like The Bank Job.
10:54AM on 08/26/2016
It's an action film starring Jason Statham. I'm just here to enjoy the ride.
It's an action film starring Jason Statham. I'm just here to enjoy the ride.
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