Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - but honestly who cares with this one.
It always amazes me how certain scripts even manage to get to the process of filming the thing, how does a company spend tens of millions on a movie before even reading a script? Do they have brain damage? Is Statham threatening them with a knife? Anyway, Mechanic: Resurrection is one such film.
Boasting as many writers as it does diverging plot elements, creating a poor drooling soul, suffering from multiple personality disorder - one step from a mental hospital - that includes your cliché - and I mean cliché to the point of parody - 80’s action film, an episode of Wish You Were Here...?, an episode of Mission Impossible, oh and one of the writers kids seemingly plays video games, so let's throw in multiple bosses and stages shall we? Mechanic: Resurrection would be a passable effort if it wasn’t so straight-laced, instead coming off as campy and so unintentionally hilarious that you would swear it's the action movie equivalent of the Scary Movie franchise.
What Mechanic Resurrection does have though, is some great looking and varied locations, and in all honesty I believe this entire movie's production was merely a reason for the cast and crew to take a vacation out there. As that budget was definitely not spent on the horrendous CGI throughout, from obvious green screen, cheap explosions, fake blood splatter and action scenes where it's painfully clear no one is firing a gun and everyone is running around, playing pretend on the producers yacht.
What every Statham movie fan goes into screens expecting though, is some fun action, and you’ll at least be happy to hear that Mechanic: Resurrection has that - though the things occurring within them are either going to make you laugh at the utter madness on screen or wonder if it’s not too late to go see something else.
Interspersed within the overly long Mechanic: Resurrection are ‘boss-type’ characters, whom Bishop must assassinate, yet make look like accidents. Why. I asked myself a lot whilst sitting in the chair as my brain cells slowly fizzled away. Why am I watching this? Why did they make this? What am I doing with my life? Eventually much like the people making this movie, I gave up, turned my brain off and slogged through it. At least I get to go home after 98 minutes I thought, and they had spent months of their lives working on this crap, things could always be worse I pondered.
Entering the realm of so bad it’s still complete shit but manages to be unintentionally hilarious, Mechanic: Resurrection is definitely not a movie anyone should be paying to watch.
- 2 Out of 5 Stars
Terrible conjoined story
Enters so bad its good realm
Beautiful, varied locations
Release Date: 26th August
Runtime: 1 hr 38 mins
Director: Dennis Gansel
Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine & Yayaying Rhatha Phongam
- The Mechanic
No, it contains an awkwardly long sex scene and multiple scenes of violence and the movie itself my scar them for life.
Created on a budget of approximately $40 million.
The final line delivered by Tommy Lee Jones's character in which he say "Bang! You're dead" to the security cam footage is the same line used in Arthur Bishop's (played by Charles Bronson) final letter to his apprentice Steve McKenna (played by Jan-Michael Vincent).