I’ll be up front with you. I’m new to the Mechanic franchise. I have no idea about the mythology, but a cursory examination of the materials has revealed this much: Jason Statham punches a lot of guys in the neck.
So not much different from any other Statham production.
Statham is Arthur Bishop, a world-class assassin and globe-trotting badass, whose reputation, sadly, precedes itself. A very bad man decides to press Bishop into assassination service by kidnapping is girlfriend (Jessica Alba) and threatening to kill her unless he waxes a series of targets.
The kicker? The buys on the hit list are all terrible people in their own right, which means we as the audience can breathe easy watching Bishop systematically murder them. Win win!
That’s the story and it’s as straightforward as it sounds. Basically Jason Statham runs around to a series of set-pieces, taking out bad guys while Jessica Alba squirms against restraints.
Which sounds like a rollicking good time on paper, but in practice Mechanic: Resurrection is shockingly dull. I don’t know how you make a movie about an elite assassin tearing through a kill list of the worst bad guys in the world so tedious but these guys managed to do it.
I know there are action beats, but none stand out to me. At least on the positive end. No killer bout, no eye-popping chase scene, no white-knuckle Final Bad Guy Fight–just a pile of over-CGI-ed scenarios with barely any juice to them. Like when Bishop is crawling around the bottom of skyscraper pool with suction cups? Could be nifty, if it didn’t look so fake. Or Bishop riding on top of a hang-glider to escape a pursuer? Nice in theory, but it looks like a PS4 cut-scene.
I’ll take a wafer-thin plot, but, bro, you have to serve up some decent action. That’s not to be found in Mechanic: Resurrection.
Solid Blu-ray: 2.40:1, 1080p, Dolby Atmos, a making-of doc and featurettes on the stunts, cast, the Malaysian prison sequence and the score.