A real fixer upper...

Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - but honestly who cares with this one.

The sequel to duo-hitman, action thriller The Mechanic - which released back in 2011, which itself is a reboot of the 1972 classic - graces us with its presence, armed with a new director and writers but with stalwart Statham still at the helm, to once again beat up a line of henchmen in even more outlandish ways as we dive into Mechanic: Resurrection.

Following on from the events of the first film, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) - after faking his death - is now living a murder-free life as a boat operator in Rio, Brazil - complete with accent in tow. It isn’t long though, until that life of luxury he has built for himself comes to a screeching halt, when approached by a beautiful woman (Yayaying Rhatha Phongam) during breakfast, who threatens to expose his peaceful existence unless he completes a certain task for her boss (Crain played by Sam Hazeldine) - who himself has ties to Bishop’s own murky past.

But Bishop is not a man for following orders - until the script later calls for it of course - as he proceeds to use frying pans, chairs, tables and all manner of cutlery to cut down the thugs before him, then capping off his performance with a swan dive off a mountainside - presumably to his death - but nope good job there was a paraglider in the area!

Feeling threatened, Bishop does what any man on the run would do; visit his vacation hut on a beautiful island in Thailand. There he meets acquaintance Mei ( Michelle Yeoh) who is… well I’m not sure what purpose she serves or her motivation, after all this is a movie about Jason Statham kicking bad guys in the face, not a comprehensible story with fleshed out, believable characters.

Speaking of unbelievable characters, enter Gina (Jessica Alba) a beautiful damsel in distress who helps children in war torn countries - straight out of a Unicef advert - who makes men fall in love with her in a matter of minutes. Bishop is too coy for such things mind you, he’s seen this movie before - and even divulges to Gina exactly how it’s all going to go down - but selective amnesia is a real hassle in his profession, so he decides to go along with it all anyway, because in truth as much as Bishop doesn’t like to admit it, he enjoys racking up a kill count on as many continents as possible - oh and there’s not a single mechanic in the whole movie, talk about false advertising.

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.

Mechanic: Resurrection - Max Adams (Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh and Sam Hazeldine)

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.

Destined to be viewed by as few people as possible on-demand, Mechanic: Resurrection is an overly long waste of money that boasts some nice and varied locations but is a mess of a cliché action movie, complete with an incomprehensible, downright stupid story, shallow characters and budget CGI that truly gives Scary Movie a run for its money.

Mechanic: Resurrection is currently available to buy on Blu-ray & DVD via Amazon.

  • Review by
    David Robinson

    Twitter: @5ypher

    Posted on
    31st August 2016

  • 2 Out of 5 Stars
  • Terrible conjoined story

    Budget CGI

    Shallow characters

    Incomprehensible

  • Enters so bad its good realm

    Beautiful, varied locations

Film Info

Mechanic: Resurrection Mechanic: Resurrection
Rating: 15
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
  • Commando
  • Under Siege

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).