The girl and the film "The Mechanic" PART 2

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:

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Taken right after I watched the film. My whole body was still shaking!

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).

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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

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72 thoughts on “The girl and the film "The Mechanic" PART 2

  1. Your post title made me laugh. Hahah. You know you’re only further strengthening the stereotype that all Filipinos love action movies. When I used to work at Blockbuster in high school there would always be these Filipino families who would come in when I was there just to ask me for action recommendations. I remember one mother who used to always call Jason Statham her ‘other husband’! I admit though, even before your stellar job of reviewing the film I was going to watch it. I just wish my movies were as cheap as yours! Only $4USD! *sighs* I miss the theatres in the Philippines.

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    1. Hha! Action films are a must in my movie list! But then again, action film or not, as long as it’s Jason Statham, I’d watch it. (In reference to last year’s Spy) Really? I always kinda thought Filipinos loved the ‘cliche love stories’. I think those who love action films are those who belong to my father’s age range. Haha!
      Meh. I wish the theatres here showcase more indie films from the Philippines. I enjoy foreign films, but I do think the Filipino craft of filmmaking is not fully advertised in the country.
      Hah! Like I always say, the cheapness depends on your current balance. Haha! If you do decide to watch it, I hope you’d enjoy it.

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      1. Have you seen him in Snatch? He’s great there.
        Filipinos love watching action films. But they love MAKING super cheesy love films! Oh my god. My Big Love! A Thing Called Tadhana. Dear lord those movies. Hahah. I did love Magnifico and Metro Manila though. And Ang Tanging Ina is a guilty pleasure comedy for me. I definitely do think there’s some great potential in Filipino films.
        Oh yeah, true. It’s all about perspective.

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        1. No. I haven’t. I am searching! Right now! HAHA!
          Yes, god those films. Blech.
          The indie films are great, however. Ironic, really. Tsk. It’s saddening. You should try watching On the Job and Honor Thy Father. Yes, perspective is all there is.

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        1. Ha! I counted us (the viewers) a while ago, we were no more than 20! Yeah,because the others preferred the film The Train to Busan and another chick flick Pinoy film was showing too. Oh well.
          Cool! I will look forward to it.

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          1. Train to Busan is showing here too! I plan on watching that as well. I think the movies on my watch list currently are Tunnel (American title for Train to Busan because well, who in America knows where the hell Busan is, hahah), Morgan, Mechanic, Don’t Breathe, Secret Life of Pets, and tomorrow I am seeing and will definitely review Kubo!

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          2. How are you not immediately hooked by that trailer, though? As soon as I saw the trailer for Kubo and the MUSIC (While My Guitar Gently Weeps on shamisen?!) I knew I had to see it. Plus it’s Studio Laika. You know, Coraline. Boxtrolls. They do good yo.

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          3. I GUARAN-POSITIVELY-DIDDLEY-DOO-TEE-DOO you that this movie will not be a waste of movie and I haven’t even seen it yet. I’m so psyched for tomorrow and I’m telling you it’s gonna be great. Mo hustle mo money yo!

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          4. *HYSTERICALLY LAUGHING like a mime* CALM! CHILL! BREATHE! Psyched for you! I am busy tomorrow. I might get on to it after this week. (HAHA. Tomorrow is the last day of the week, after all) See? Things are getting out of hand. I pity my phone. It’s getting crushed by my excitement!

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          5. You! I blame you! You’ve got me all fired up now! I have to share my love and passion with the world now because you’ve got me thinking about books and movies. Hahah. I was actually gonna go buy some more books later today too because some of my authors released new material. I’m never gonna stop typing.

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          6. Haha! And my smile is never gonna stop getting bigger! (I CAN’T LAUGH HYSTERICALLY. My mom might wake up!) Naah. That’s good practice. Being talkative on the virtual world is way better than exerting facial muscles for talking! Haha! Oh my god! BOOKS! My books are calling. I actually bought a new collection of short stories by an author I newly discovered, and I cannot put it down! Great read! My TBR’s about to go empty, I have to go and make it bigger!

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          7. I’m like…I don’t even know where to start. You have me literally spinning in circles. I have movies I want to talk about. I have books. Authors. I have recommendations. If your pile gets low let me know and I would immediately be able to double or triple its size! My head is going to burst at work. I can’t remember the last work related thing I’ve done all day.

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          8. *LAUGHING like a mime* GREAT! That is great motivation! Ha! It is a good thing I can still remember tonight’s lessons. I shall get on reading and/or watching as soon as the midterms are off of my back. Yay! Excited!

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          9. *HYSTERICALLY LAUGHING like a mime* CALM! CHILL! BREATHE! Psyched for you! I am busy tomorrow. I might get on to it after this week. (HAHA. Tomorrow is the last day of the week, after all) See? Things are getting out of hand. I pity my phone. It’s getting crushed by my excitement!

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          10. I’m furiously tapping away on my laptop. I tap angry and it sounds like I’m trying to torture my keyboard. Oh yeah and before I forget good luck with midterms since apparently you still got those even though you’re watching movies at midnight. Tsk tsk.

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          11. Haha! Pitiful keys.
            Yeah. I am one nocturnal accounting student. Films relax me. And meh, my studies can just go kill themselves. The movies are way, way, way cooler! Thanks, for wishing me luck. I need it so much! Haha!

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          12. I am a night person as well. I don’t know how I get up in the morning for these ‘work’ things. Oh yeah, it’s because I need money for movies and books. Two of my best friends are accountants! I think you’re more interesting though. Hahah.

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          13. Well said! THE ‘money matters’ issue. Tsk. If only they were free. But nah. They had to be VERY expensive! Wow! That’s cool! Oooooh~… Really? That’s good to hear. Although if you’d get to know most of the people I hang out with, they are more interesting. They are almost the subject of my writings! Haha! Ssshh. ‘Tis a secret.

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          14. Perspective! One of my favorite things to do when I go back to the Philippines is spend entire days in the theatres. For me it’s like nickel movies. Traveling in Asia is one of the last places in the world where I can feel like a king with my USD. But I wish the theatres had melted butter, not butter powder. I took my cousins to a theatre here for the first time and they were so confused by it but by the end they had gotten a cup and were DUNKING the popcorn in it! Hahah.
            Well, interesting AND expressive. With lots to say and a captivating way to say it. I find most accountants to be very restrained. I won’t tell them you’re dishing gossip about them daily. Hahah. Joke.

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          15. The things you can do in the Philippines with USD! PLENTY. HAHA! Aww, too bad. For me, if the film is good, really good, I almost always only buy a drink or two because I could never get around to getting another bite if I am hooked! Haha!
            Wow! What a hilarious experience that must have been. Good for your cousins, though. A great first time in the movies in another country. Awesome!

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          16. Really? Interesting. I go to dine-in theatres sometimes and it’s nice to be able to have a cocktail and a meal while watching. There’s a really fancy one that just opened up nearby with like, regularly featured celebrity chefs. I just have to make sure not to get anything crispy or fried or else the chewing will drown out the audio. Hahah.

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          17. You really do like your indie Filipino historical movies huh.
            I need something to snack on usually. Popcorn is great but you’re right. I’ll finish most during the trailers. Munch during the beginning. But by the climax it’s either finished or I’m finished with it and it sits to the side so I can be engrossed in the film. Though also because I don’t like the sound of eating during movies. So I take big bite when I can during action scenes and then nothing during dialogue.

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          18. What is wrong with you? I just ate! Now I am hungry! HAHA!
            Yes. If I were to rank my preferences, historical fiction, crime fiction, mystery and suspense, and everything else; and all must have at least an action scene! HAHA! That’s tiring! Having to pause at certain points because the actors are talking. I don’t eat during ths fight scenes! My eyes get even bigger and I pay even more attention! Fight scenes are all I look forward too, I guess. Other than the witty parts of the films. Haha!

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          19. You’re in the land of late night foods! Finding something to eat shouldn’t be too hard. Whereas I don’t like eating at work so I have to wait five more hours before I get to have my first bite of the day.
            So do you like punch the air too along with the actors and go ‘hyah’ and ‘hwoo’. Hahah. Then exit the theatre with a flying kick ‘hacha’.
            Recently I have been getting into the what I call ‘slice of life’ movies. Movies that are plausible and just really good captivating unique stories. Then action. Comedy. Horror/suspense. I prefer historical drama over sci-fi and anything over fantasy.

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          20. Early morning! It’s early morning! Haha! No. I just go like… Wow! Awesome kick! And like… Kick him some more! Punch him in the face! Ha! Serves you right , you asshole! There. Something like that. Haha! Whooooa! That’s some fasting routine. I eat all the time. As long as there is food on the table, I will eat it. Slice of life, huh? I do like inspirational films too. Like Dead Poets Society. There are certain sci-fis I like. Fantasy… Not really into it. Except maybe if I have a friend who would recommend it. So…
            But I prefer films from the prev years. They all seem so “meaty” when it comes to their plots.

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          21. I could go for some tocilog right now. Believe me this isn’t fun. I am HUNGRY. I’m actually thinking of what to eat when I get out. I could leave for lunch but I just feel lazy.
            You must be hungry. Now you’re referring to movies with food-related terms too. Hahah.
            Ex Machina was a really good sci-fi film. I’m hoping Morgan will go along those lines.

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          22. What you need to be doing is going to sleep, no. Didn’t you say you were going to be busy today.
            On the bright side I decided on what I’m eating when I get off work. But considering it’s a holiday on Monday and literally ALL of the people who would be considered ‘above me’ are not here…I’m leaving in an hour.

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          23. Well movie tomorrow with a friend. I plan on going home early, having lunch with my brother, and playing video games together. You know, typical boy stuff on a Friday. Hahah. I’m just using work time to get all my blogging done. Boom. Winning.

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          24. Whoa that’s really cool. It must be difficult then. Make sure you study hard and get that certification. Australia seems to be a new land of promise for a lot of talented Filipinos. After my cousin became a nurse she went there as well.

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          25. I know I will share this with my family and friends at the end of the year but right now…I like them not knowing. It helps me work through all my stuff, practice my writing and focus on an interest and passion that they cannot share with me and I would bore them with otherwise, and it keeps broadening my horizons. Otherwise I’d rely too much on their feedback again. But now I get feedback from strangers across the globe!

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          26. I agree! Like I said, it’s funny how complete strangers talk to you about stuff that people close to you find boring. Haha!

            And yes, you did say so in your earlier posts you would. (See? I pay attention). Haha!

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          27. Pft. All of us are readers. Yhey just haven’t found what it is they want to read and focus on. I am sure they would love your blog. You have a way with words that make it seem so easy to write beautifully constructed sentences. Haha!

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