Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Mechanic

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 28th January, 2011
Time : 93 minutes
Director : Simon West ; Writer : Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino; Music : Mark Isham
Starring : Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Chase, Mini Anden

There is probably nothing in this film that you’ve not seen before. Its about an assassin who trains the son of his mentor to become one, after killing the mentor. What makes the movie watchable is Jason Statham who displays all the skills which I’ve admired in him right from the days of Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels….

The film has portions which are unbelievable as is the case with most action films – shootings in the middle of the town, a secret hideout that doesn’t really seem very hard to find, bomb blasts but no sign of cops and sending a replacement killer for an important job without prior agreement etc.

The key to enjoying this film is to watch Jason shed his ‘action / Brit’ image and try his hand at something a bit more. Silent, introspective, thoughtful, the assassin he portrays is happy to do the bidding of his boss but not ready to be made a fool of. The relationship with Ben Foster is well brought out, as we see a wastrel gradually become an admirer and then a convert to Jason’s methods. In performance terms though I found Ben a bit cold and that’s why never cared for what becomes of him.

Its an enjoyable film if you know what to look for and what to ignore

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