This Mechanic won’t repair your car. I give Mechanic: Resurrection a B-.
Hitman Arthur Bishop thought he’d retired when he staged his own death, but a former friend turned gun dealer finds out and sets up Arthur to do a few jobs for him. Knowing that Arthur wouldn’t do anything for his old nemesis, Crain manipulates Arthur into doing the jobs using the threat of death to someone he cares for.
This is the second of the Mechanic movies but the fifth or sixth movies where Jason Statham is a hired hitman. The plot of Mechanic: Resurrection borrows heavily from his movie Killer Elite where he must perform three impossible hits and make them look like accidents to keep a woman safe.
Unlike Bond who jumps into a situation and charms his way out, Arthur Bishop thinks through his strategy and plans the attack down to the smallest detail. It was interesting to get into his character’s head for the planning. However, some of the timelines in this movie didn’t work. He had 36 hours to get from a prison in Malaysia to Australia for another hit. I’m also amazed in all shoot-em-up movie how poorly the people shoot. With assault rifles, it took almost a whole clip to kill just one person. Yet, I do give Mechanic: Resurrection bonus points for use of a grill cooktop during a fight scene.
While Mechanic: Resurrection does have eye candy for both the men and women (a shirtless Jason Statham and a bikini-clad Jessica Alba) the relationship between the two characters didn’t make sense. Arthur knew that she was sent to him as a trap. They discussed it. Yet supposedly he was willing to kill all the people to save her after one night in her bed. I knew Jessica Alba was special but wow…that’s really special. I believed he felt more responsible for keeping her safe. However Crain shared that Arthur must have truly loved her to have given her his father’s watch. If James Bond had given anyone a watch, it would have come with a tracking device, hidden camera and secret way to kill another person.
All in all, Mechanic: Resurrection keeps your attention with the non-stop action and amazingly unbelievable kills. The pool one is my favorite. Just remember going in that it makes about as much sense as Ryan Lochte explaining how shoes are made.
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