The Mechanic

(2010)

Genres: Thriller, Action, Drama

Review: The Mechanic

Transcript for Review: The Mechanic

IGNATIY VISHNEVETSKY: 
Our first film, THE MECHANIC stars Jason Statham as a professional assassin specializing in assassinations that don't seem like assassinations, Statham is a loner who lives outside New Orleans and spends his free time fixing up cars and listening to records.  His closest friend is a fellow assassin – there’s that word again – played by Donald Sutherland.  Early in the film Statham is assigned to kill his friend after the organization they both work for claims that Sutherland has betrayed them.

CLIP:
>> McKinney sold this company out.
>> There must be a mistake.
>> You know how this company works, Mr. Bishop. He had to be removed.

IGNATIY: 
After Sutherland's death he encounters his friend's son, a black sheep played by Ben Foster, and takes him under his wing.

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IGNATIY: 
Soon the two are working together. Foster doesn't know Statham killed his father.

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IGNATIY: 
THE MECHANIC is a solid, unremarkable action movie and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. This is the second back-to-basics action movie in recent months, after the Dwayne Johnson vehicle "Faster", from the fairly new studio CBS films and I think they are on the right track. "The Mechanic" is ludicrous and often silly, but it's action sequences are carefully paced and the performances, especially the ones given by Ben Foster, give the material weight. I liked it.

CHRISTY LEMIRE: 
I had fun with this, too.  This is a remake of a '72 cult movie starring Charles Bronson – this is gonna sound like total blasphemy – I actually liked this better.

IGNATIY: 
And I love Charles Bronson, but I definitely like it better. "The Mechanic" is not one of the stronger Bronson movies.

CHRISTY: 
No.  I liked Statham, though, in this role, better than Bronson – he’s, sort of, languid in that.  Statham gives it just this visceral, kind of, propulsive energy.  You can't stop watching it.

IGNATIY: 
That's what's so good about him.  He’s got a lot of anger, he’s got a fervor to him.  That's what makes him work in roles, like in the Crank movies, for example.

CHRISTY: 
He's a blast to watch, he’s just totally unabashed.  This is fun.  It knows what it is and goes for it.  And it has very similar plot points to the original, but it’s just leaner and faster and tighter and a lot more fun.

IGNATIY: 
This is directed by Simon West, who directed CON AIR -- that's what he's most famous for -- but unlike 

CON AIR this isn't very campy it's a lot, kind of, leaner and simpler than that film.

CHRISTY: 
It's kinda earnest, actually. Even the explosions are earnest.

IGNATIY: 
Well, CON AIR is also very earnest, I think.

CHRISTY: 
I think CON AIR knows what it is, though.  Con Air is, kind of, like, campy, but this is very straightforward. Ben Foster also is better in this than Jay Michael Vincent was in the original. Again, that was, sort of, sleepy and, kind of, languid.  He’s like --

IGNATIY: 
He also has an intensity.  He’s taking this role very seriously.

CHRISTY: 
He's squirrely.  I like that it’s in New Orleans.   It, kind of, gives it a seedy feel versus downtown LA.  So, this is an improvement all around.

IGNATIY: 
That's certainly true, and I'm very happy to see more of these, kind of, simple action movies coming out; stuff that isn’t all fights on planes and people falling down mountains.