REVIEW: The Mechanic

REVIEW: <i>The Mechanic</i>
Hit the jump to catch my minor spoiler filled thoughts on this winters big action movie The Mechanic, starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead.

His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.


The Mechanic starts off folowing the career of a hitman named Arthur Bishop, as we see him showing off how good he is at his job. What is his job you ask? Why he is Mechanic, but this is not your every day definition of Mechanic. Bishop is what some might call a hitman, he gets payed to kill people. The film has a great action packed start that also shows off the genius of Arthur Bishop when it comes to fixing (get it because he is a "Mechanic", ok fine I will stop with the jokes).

Now I will say that I am by no means a Statham fan, and have no experience with the original movie. I like The Bank Job, Snatch, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I just can not get into any other Statham Movies. Statham leaves his mark on this movie and impressed me, and I am Snobby as hell when it comes to my action mvies. Totally badass and quick witted, Statham Charms and kills his way through this movie.

Arthur is hired by his mentor and friend Harry, but when a hit is put out on Harry by another one of his workers Arthur goes looking for those responsible. When Arthur finds the man responsible he ends up being convinced to take the hit. So Arthur wittingly gets Harry on his own and kills him.

In comes Steve, Harry's son. Steve was always looked at by his father as a dissapointent, So Arthur takes Steve under his wing by allowing Steve to do what his father always wanted him to do...Kill people professionally(no seriously I am not making this up).

So as Arthur starts to train Steve and give him jobs as well as advice and methods on how to get the job done, the ever naive Steve takes things into his own hands, which has disastrous consequences. Steve soon learns the trade and the two do many assainments together.

The Mechanic is a very crazy action movie, with scenes worthy of being in Kick-Ass. Its not your average action movie with action and one liners that dont over do the comedic side of the film. The Mechanic is a movie that all action movies should take some notes from. It puts those crappy PG-13 wannabe action movies that just can't show enough violence or hold a good enough story to be considered a good movie, then add horribly done 3D on top of it.

I highly recomend The Mechanic if you want to watch a damn good action movie. It is a great watch and worth the money, plus you won't need to shell out extra cash for 3D because this movie thankfully does not give you the choice. The Mechanic earns two thumbs way up from me.

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Johnathan Smith