REVIEW: MECHANIC: RESURRECTION


CAST

Jason Statham (The Bank Job)
Jessica Alba (Dark Angel)
Tommy Lee Jones (Batman Forever)
Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Sam Hazeldine (The Raven)

After faking his death, Arthur Bishop has been living quietly in Rio de Janeiro with the name Santos. He is approached by Renee Tran, who knows of his true identity and explains her employer wishes for Bishop to kill three targets and stage them as accidents. Seeing her mercenaries waiting nearby, Bishop makes his escape, and flees the country to Thailand. He takes shelter at a resort island beach house of his friend, Mae, and learns that Tran is working for Riah Crain. Bishop and Crain were orphans that grew up together, but later sold to a gangster and trained as warriors. Bishop made his escape and left Crain behind.Sometime later, a bruised woman, Gina Thorne, approaches Mae for first aid before returning to a boat anchored nearby. Mae observes Thorne being beaten by a man aboard the boat and alerts Bishop. Bishop and Mae rescue Thorne from the man, but in the scuffle, the man hits his head on the boat’s equipment and dies. Finding no evidence of his identity, Bishop sets the boat ablaze. While Mae tends to Thorne’s injuries, Bishop finds that Thorne is also connected to Crain, and believes Crain anticipated Bishop would become romantic with her; Crain would then have kidnapped her to make Bishop take the assassination jobs. When he charges Thorne with his theory, she reveals that Crain threatened the children’s shelter in Cambodia that she worked at unless she participated. Over the next few days, Bishop does get to know Thorne better and falls in love, but as expected, Crain’s mercenaries soon arrive and abduct the two.Thorne is taken to Crain’s private boat, while Bishop is brought to Crain himself, where he coerces him to take the assassination jobs with Thorne’s life, providing him with the necessary resources to complete them. The first target of Bishop is a warlord named Krill, who is incarcerated in a Malaysian prison. Bishop travels to Malaysia and gets himself imprisoned to access Krill. Bishop gains Krill’s trust by killing a man already planning on killing Krill. Bishop meets with Krill and kills him and Bishop escapes the prison with the help of Crain’s operatives. The next target is Adrian Cook, who runs an underage trafficking ring from Sydney. Bishop manages to bypass the tight security of Cook’s penthouse apartment and break the glass bottom of Cook’s overhanging pool, plummeting him to his death.While relaying details of the third target, Crain allows Bishop to speak over video to Thorne, who has arranged her setting to allow Bishop to identify the registration number of Crain’s boat. Bishop locates the boat and attempts to rescue her, but Crain has caught Thorne’s attempt in time and his mercenaries quickly stop the attempt. For his insolence, Crain demands Bishop complete the final assassination in 24 hours, identifying the target as Max Adams, an American arms dealer. While planning the attempt, Bishop recognizes that Crain’s targets were his only other major competition in arms dealing. Bishop instead approaches Adams and warns him of Crain’s plan, and gets Adams to help. Bishop fakes Adams’ death, and reports his success to Crain, who directs him to a meeting point.There, Bishop fends off attacks by Crain’s mercenaries and makes for Crain’s boat parked nearby. He fights off more of Crain’s men and discovers the boat is rigged with explosives before rescuing Thorne, placing her in an underwater escape pod. Crain stops him before he can escape, and the two fight. Bishop overpowers him and secures him to the boat, when Crain reveals the explosives are set to go off soon. Instead of diving overboard, Bishop races into the boat, moments before the bombs explode, killing Crain and apparently Bishop. Thorne is rescued and the remains of Crain’s boat are salvaged with no other signs of life. Adams watches the operation from afar, and sees that one of the salvaged pieces was the anchor compartment, and monitors video to see Bishop emerge from the compartment several hours later, and then deletes the video to keep Bishop’s status secret. Thorne returns to Cambodia and her teaching duties, but later is surprised when Bishop arrives a few days later.This film knows exactly what it wants to be and nails it, despite this film being essentially a B-movie the cast are well known and act well Statham does what he does in every film, Jessica Alba is good as the love interest she has some cool fight scenes and you can’t go wrong with her being in a bikini and lastly Tommy Lee Jones is in this for about 15 minutes as one of Statham’s targets and plays a sarcastic wise-guy. So yeah this film is well worth a watch especially if you are a fan of action movies

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REVIEW: THE MECHANIC

CAST

Jason Statham (The Bank Job)
Ben Foster (The Punisher)
Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games)
Tony Goldwyn (Ghost)
Jeff Chase (Looper)
Mini Anden (Chuck)

Arthur Bishop, working as a “mechanic” (mafia slang for hitman), sneaks into the lavish home of a Colombian Drug Cartel leader and drowns him in his own pool. Upon returning home to Louisiana, he meets with friend and mentor Harry McKenna, who pays Bishop for his work. Bishop is given a new assignment: kill Harry. Bishop’s employer confirms by phone that the contract is correct, whereupon he requests a face-to-face meeting. Dean tells him about a failed mission in South Africa, in which agency assassins were killed. Dean says that only himself and Harry knew the details of the mission, and that Harry had been paid for the contract details. Reluctantly Bishop kills Harry with the latter’s own gun and makes it look like a carjacking. At his funeral, Bishop meets Harry’s reckless son Steve. Bishop stops Steve from trying to kill a would-be carjacker in a misguided attempt at cathartic vengeance. Steve convinces Bishop to train him as a mechanic. Adopting a chihuahua, he instructs Steve to take the dog with him to a coffee shop each day at the same time. As Steve settles into a routine, Bishop escalates training, taking him to observe a contract killing.The target is a mechanic for another agency named Burke, who frequents the same coffee shop. Burke’s only weaknesses are that he is interested in young men and small dogs. Burke makes his move on Steve and invites him out for drinks. Bishop instructs Steve to slip a large dose of Rohypnol into Burke’s drink to cause an overdose. Steve ignores the instructions and goes with Burke to his apartment. When Burke begins to undress, Steve attempts to strangle him with a belt as he had seen Bishop do on a former assignment. Burke fights back, using his size advantage and experience, but Steve manages to kill Burke after much effort and a lengthy fight. Dean expresses his disapproval of Bishop involving Steve, and that violated the rules of the contract arrangement, but Bishop says that Harry and his arrangement was for price only, and Harry left the details up to Bishop.Bishop’s next contract is to kill Christian Cult leader Andrew Vaughn. They plan to inject their victim with adrenaline to simulate a heart attack, for which the paramedics would administer a fatal dose of epinephrine. While Bishop and Steve are preparing for the hit, Vaughn’s doctor arrives, and he sets Vaughn up with an IV of ketamine, which will inhibit the epinephrine’s effects. The hit men decide to suffocate him instead, but are discovered after killing Vaughn and are forced into a shootout with the guards; they slip away and fly home separately.At the airport, Bishop sees a supposed victim of the mission that Harry allegedly sold out. He confronts the other mechanic, who tells Bishop that he was paid by Dean to kill the other mechanics in South Africa and fake his death so that Dean could engineer the failed mission to cover up his own shady dealings; he also reveals that Dean framed Harry and that he tricked Bishop into killing his friend. The mechanic then attempts to kill Bishop and after a struggle between the two professionals, Bishop ends up killing him. Bishop is later ambushed by a hit squad: after killing them, he discovers that Dean was behind the hit. Bishop goes home to call Steve, only to find that Steve has been ambushed. Bishop directs Steve to a hidden gun, which Steve uses to kill his attackers. Steve gathers supplies for their new mission while he plots how to get to Dean. In the process he finds his father’s gun and realizes that Bishop killed Harry.Bishop and Steve kill Dean in an ambush: on the way back, Bishop notices Steve carrying Harry’s gun. When they stop for gas, Steve floods the ground with fuel while pretending to fill the tank. He walks a safe distance and shoots the gas, blowing up the truck with Bishop still inside. Steve returns to the house and performs two actions that Bishop told him not to do: playing a record on the turntable, and taking the 1966 Jaguar E-Type. As he is driving away, Steve finds a note on the passenger seat: “Steve, if you’re reading this, then you’re dead!” Moments later, the car explodes, killing him; at the same time, Bishop’s house also explodes. Back at the gas station, a security video reveals that Bishop had escaped from the truck, seconds before the explosion. Bishop gets into a spare truck and drives away.The Mechanic is actually really entertaining. It’s packed to the brim with explosions, bloody headshots, broken limbs, and even a hefty and destructive car chase sequence.  Overall, The Mechanic is dark, gritty, bloody, and just a hell of a lot of fun