What to look out for: Intelligently crafted action sequences
What not to look out for: Depth in the story
Ruthless hitmen, mind boggling action, treachery, throughly planned executions etc. If you’re into that stuff, “The Mechanic” is just the film for you. But it lacks an emotional connect. The best action adventures have always justified their reasons behind ruthless action. Action after all is a result of extreme emotion right? But “The Mechanic” somewhere fails to do that.
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a hit man for a clean up corporation. Bishop lives lavishly but he’s lonely and thats how he likes it. Mentored by Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland), Bishop is the best in the game. Harry McKenna is probably the only hitman out there who the audience can sympathize with. He’s old, vulnerable, yet intelligent and has some ethics left. However, these ethics soon get him into trouble with the corporation and they order a hit on him. Bishop is sent to do the job. Being a professional, Bishop keeps his emotions at bay and does the job. After the job is done, however, his guilt drives him to McKenna’s son Steve(Ben Foster). He decides to take this orphan teenager under his wing and teach him the trade. But all hell breaks loose when Steve finds out who killed his father. More and more secrets start spilling out and it’s an action packed rampage from then on.
Ben Foster as Steve is your surprise package and fits the role perfectly while Jason Statham fleshes out another macho action hero in style. But one can’t help feeling that it lacks depth. Yes, it’s stylishly shot and why not, that’s what Simon West (the director) is known for. But his previous ventures (The General’s Daughter, Tomb Raider) had a lot more going on. Although there is an element of revenge in “The Mechanic”, there still isn’t enough emotion. Why Bishop kills for a living is also unclear. His character has not been explored enough. Talent like Jason Statham cannot be made to play just the ruthless killer (although he does play the part handsomely).
Verdict: Its stylish, action packed, intelligently executed and for Jason Statham fans or action adventure fans it’s definitely worth a watch. But don’t expect the world from it.