The film was great! And so many underwater scenes too! Knowing that Jason Statham was once a swimmer before he started acting was even better! 170.00 pesos worth spending indeed!
The film was the sequel to the 2011 The Mechanic starring Jason Statham as “The Mechanic”, a professional hitman known for methods of killing high-profile people and making them look like accidents. If you haven’t heard of the film yet, the see the trailers for both films below.
Mechanic: Ressurection, follows the story of how Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) goes back from the dead to complete 3 kills for his former “brother” in his orphan days, Crain, an old enemy (Sam Hazeldine). Crain kidnaps the woman (Jessica Alba) he loves and in order to save her life, Bishop must kill an imprisoned African warlord, a human trafficker, and an arms dealer, all while making the deaths look like accidents. When things don’t go exactly as planned, Bishop turns the tables on the people who forced him out of retirement.
The film starts with him, being ‘found’ from an apparently hard ‘finding’ and he was tasked to kill 3 people but he refused and a fight emerges. He wins, (of course) and escapes to his place back in Thailand to his friend, May (A reference to the prequel). It is there that he meets Gina Thornton, played by Jessica Alba and the plot thickens.
Armed with the same skill as he had in “The Mechanic”, Arthur Bishop was set to kill the three people as planned. And man! I tell you! For a minute there, I actually thought the film would have been the same old boring cliche, but no. First 2 minutes in and boom! Fight scene! Call me what you will but I am a huge fan of close combat and very fast-paced (and I do mean very) storylines. The film had me gripping my chair, literally. Well, that was partly because this was what I wore when I went in:
This movie date with myself was unplanned, after all. Halfway through the film, the pizza box I had with me even dived to the floor! It was a good thing only one slice was left, though. But I felt bad for the pizza. HAHA!
The film had many underwater scenes and I loved that the film had a lot of settings. (e.g. Thailand and Australia) and the cinematography was great too! Who would not love a very hot hitman break through high-level prisons and kill heavily guarded criminals all on his own? And it’s Jason Statham! I mean, who wouldn’t love the guy? The film was such a blast and had humor, too! Tommy-Lee Jones back as an eccentric arms-dealer. MIB fan, anyone? In his first kill, he even managed to make the ‘dude’ look like he was praying in such a short period of time! The planning scenes were, for me, greatly executed too.
However, if I were to judge it objectively, it does not feel at par with the other Jason Statham films and certainly not as great as the original (Oh, yes, “The Mechanic” was a remake).
For one, it was like a Bond movie, Jessica Alba had not enough parts for a damsel distress and Mei! My god, Mei! I actually expected her to have a fight scene of her own!
Gotta hand it to director Dennis Gansel, too. Congratulations on his Hollywood debut! All in all, I would say, that though for most of the action-lovng fans out there, this film’s plot might be a bit “like the others” but I for one, will watch it once again. It is definitely worth a rewatch. Hoping for a part 3, as always.
But for now, as far as Jason Statham is concerned, I guess I might just wait for Fast and Furious’s next franchise.
FILM: Mechanic: Resolution