The Mechanic Movie
January 29, 2011 by Post Team
The Mechanic Movie, (CP) – It’s probably blasphemy to even think about it, let alone say out loud, but here goes: The remake of “The Mechanic” starring Jason Statham is better than the 1972 original with Charles Bronson – and Statham is better in the role of head Bronson was. So there. Now, “The Mechanic” may not have been one of the strongest films of Bronson at that time but it has reached a certain following among fans of the genre.
In retrospect, it was a bit languid, it meandered here and there with his groovy atmosphere – although it does have a breathtaking wordless opening 15 minutes as the Bronson character assassin exposure works developed a victory in a shabby apartment in the downtown Los Angeles building. This is the point of the set of two films: The thugs in the center of the assassinations that withdraw not like assassinations.
They are unfortunate accidents, diseases inadvertently, nothing else. Both men live in a world where morality and rules do not seem to apply, where the police are virtually nonexistent, and the relationship between a hitman and his mentor is supposed to appear as touching as that between a father and son.
Director Simon West (“Con Air”) and screenwriter Richard Wenk took these basic concepts of the original script by Lewis John Carlino, proposes measures to steamy New Orleans and pumped a film that is smooth and shiny, the plan thinness – not in a silly way, although characters do not walk away from explosions without flinching, but rather to reflect the actor and time.
Statham, the British star of “Carrier” and “Crank” and old favorite films of Guy Ritchie, has a quietly ferocious physicality, masculinity that makes it elegant appeal to men and women. It is a modern badass, and “The Mechanic” plays up the extent of its attributes. He is coldly efficient, but also clearly want human contact, something which is impossible to give him his trade – hence its relationship with an escort of French Quarter that is so incredibly beautiful and long legs, she could be a model Victoria’s secret. But she has a heart of gold, of course.
At the beginning of the film, Statham Arthur Bishop withdrew its last mission and returned to his refuge in mid-century modern in the marshes, the house is one of the names, details and plot points forward from the original. When the murder of his mentors and close friend, Harry (Donald Sutherland in a cameo graceful), Arthur seeks answers and revenge.
But it is also grappling with Harry’s screw-up of a son, Steve (Ben Foster), who is fascinated by what he perceives as a way of life exciting and glamorous. Arthur reluctantly took Steve under his wing and showed him everything he knows and even allows you to judge him on an assignment on his own – that has great suspense and turns evil.
While we make comparisons, Jan-Michael Vincent also prefers Foster in this part. It has a volatility of his behavior that makes him fascinating and dangerous at a time, while his predecessor has played the role more of a casual guy from California. Again, a product of the time.
Tony Goldwyn co-stars as the head of the company that employs shade Arthur, the second you see, based on its behavior (and filmography), you know it could not be a good guy, which drains “The Mechanic “some of its mysteries and tensions. The question then becomes not whether Arthur will get his man, but when and how the killing will be smart when it does.
“The Mechanic,” a CBS News film, rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity. Duration: 92 minutes. Three out of four.
Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:
G – General audiences. All ages admitted.
PG – Parental guidance suggested. Some scenes may be unsuitable for children.
PG-13 – Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children fewer than 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.
R – Restricted. Under 17 accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
NC-17 – Not under 17 admitted.
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