The Mechanic
What the hell kind of firing posture is this?!?

Theatrical Release Date: 01/28/2011
Director: Simon West
Cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn, Donald Sutherland


Someone get me an Audi so I can drive out of here!

Director Simon West started off his film career with “Con Air” and “Tomb Raider”. He then worked in TV for the most part and all of this shows when trying to enjoy “The Mechanic”.

All of the action, the dialogue, and the transitional setups all feel like a made for TV movie, that is when they don’t feel like some paint-by-numbers wannabe action thriller. The grand scope and expansive landscape available for use on a movie screen is absent here, which doesn’t excuse a tired script or actors (Jason Statham, Ben Foster) sleepwalking through their roles.

Simply put, “The Mechanic” passively moves from one barely adequate action scene to another. Statham fans are much better off renting almost any of his previous works and if you’re familiar with the original “Mechanic” starring Charles Bronson and Jan Michael Vincent … you REALLY want to stay away.

Aside from the title and the very basic premise of a hitman training up an aspiring hitman, the comparisons end there and it’s another case of Hollywood hoping a nostalgic connection will draw a few more people in and refusing to go with an original script over an adapted one from a property they already own.

A 2 out of 5, this might be fine for a lazy afternoon on the couch when this hits the cable networks but you can forget this exists until then. “The Mechanic” is in need of some work.

2 out of 5