“What initially looked like it would be a dead weekend (perfect since I still got quite the pre-move to do list) ended up being packed with more last minute releases than I could deal with. Oh boy. I’ll spare you the way I logic-ed thru my movie schedule, but the last Boston double started with Jason Statham in Mechanic: Resurrection.
So I know I saw the original Mechanic. Hell, I’m pretty sure I even own it. I don’t remember anything about it other than Jason Statham and maybe Ben Foster? (IMDB confirms Ben Foster). I only briefly considered postponing this until I could rewatch that, but I didn’t get the sense that there was gonna be a lot of series continuity. Going in, I even though it’d be more a rip off Transporter than anything else, now that Statham’s relinquished that franchise to Ed Skrein, who I have mixed feelings about in the role.
Turns out it was a bit of a return, but it was a return to form for Statham in that we got back to the raw and gritty practical action that he’s so good at. I’ve loved his turn in the comedy world, and yes it’s great seeing him be a Fast and Furious baddie, but this is what he does best. And he showed off in ways he hadn’t in a while. Changing it up, there was a lot of water and boats and aquatic bad ass-ery, so points for something new.
Oh right, plot? Uh not really much of one. He’s a (trying to be) retired assassin for hire, that’s kind of an engineering genius when it comes to creative and unpredictable kills. Baddie from his past makes Statham cross paths with a girl (a criminally mis-used Jessica Alba) only to then kidnap her and hold her hostage until Statham can kill 3 targets. So yeah, just enough to give him reason to do fight-y things. And I’ve gotta say, the second is one of the most innovative film assassinations I have ever seen.
Decent and well put together action movie for all you action junkies. A must for Statham-ites like myself, but not really for the masses at large.
Mechanic: Resurrection – \m/ \m/ \m/”