Cinematic Releases: Mechanic Resurrection (2016) - Reviewed

The bad guys can never just let a man retire and so with that we have Jason Statham’s return as The Mechanic (2011), in this sequel entitled Mechanic: Resurrection. Despite suffering from a rather formulaic plot, it still ends up being a solid popcorn flick that delivers large scale production values and loads of action. Arthur Bishop has been hiding out for several months and is discovered by someone from his past, who forces him to perform three difficult assassinations and have them look like accidents.

My boobs are VERY serious right now.

There is nothing new story wise in this one, as the plot is just a vehicle for Statham to deliver some action. And he more than delivers with impressive and crazy looking stunts, tons of violence and fight scenes, explosions, and a high body count. The action sequences are all filmed and edited very well, never feeling too choppy or overly edited. You can tell that Statham is performing most of the action and they leave the camera on him long enough to show what he can do. At the age of 49, he is still a formidable action superstar.

The overall production values are simply outstanding. The plot takes them around the globe, shooting in the exotic locales of Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, and Bulgaria. It provides for some stunning scenic shots and interesting looking locations. The set designs are also nice and of high quality, containing some expensive yachts and other unique settings. The direction and cinematography are superbly done by Dennis Gansel and Daniel Gottschalk, both of whom are mostly known for their work on various German productions. They make good use of the environments that they are provided with and Statham’s abilities.

But my GUN is more serious.

The cast is an eclectic mix of actors from around the globe, obviously thrown into this for their diverse name recognition in the United States and international markets. It includes Michelle Yeoh, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba, Sam Hazeldine, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, and a host of others. Most of them are purely one dimensional except for Alba, who serves as the love interest and gets involved in the action a little bit. Hazeldine plays the main baddie, but doesn’t receive much screen time. Jones is humorous in his minor role. Statham is typical Statham. He’s got the look and the body, the on screen charisma, and the physical abilities to pull off the action.

It’s not going to blow you away with a strong narrative, but it serves as good entertainment for roughly 100 minutes. 

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-Raul Vantassle