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"The Mechanic" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: MPEG 4
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland
  • Directed by Simon West
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

The 1972 version of The Mechanic was a tough action film that reflected the times. Though it was flawed, it did get points for having a cool Charles Bronson who begins teaching the tricks of the trade to a young apprentice, played by Jan Michael Vincent. So the idea of a remake isn't outrageous and handing the title role to tough guy Statham is a logical choice; Statham's got the looks and moves. However, this flick fades away from the edginess of the original and settles for a typical guns and explosions vs. character development approach. Statham stays in his silent and smoldering mode throughout, while Foster plays things recklessly. Donald Sutherland successfully adds flavor as the old teacher who gets wrongfully whacked, but alas, he appears only briefly in the film. Though a reasonable action flick, I would not sit through it a second time. This is a rental at best, for me

Technical

Very good sound and picture. Some of the outdoors scenes have the latest trend of over saturation and blown out contrasts, but that is a style choice and not the fault of the medium. Guns and explosions have plenty of impact. There is plenty of work for the surrounds and sub during most of this movie.

Extras

Deleted scenes, Feature: Tools of the Trade.