From the director of Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider comes The Mechanic, the latest no-effort Jason Statham action film where the bald package of testosterone plays an efficient assassin who takes the son of his latest hit and former friend as an apprentice. Leon the Professional this is not.
As a Jason Statham film, The Mechanic is exactly what you'd expect. If you're a fan of his movies, The Mechanic will meet your needs, even if the shtick is starting to grow tiresome. It's hard to fault Statham for doing what he does best, other than acknowledging that the easy-to-like actor could be doing so much more. But if The Mechanic is what we get, The Mechanic is what we get.
There's nothing particularly interesting about the movie; it's been done a hundred times before. The action is adequate but forgettable; there's no money shot. The plot also doesn't have a "money shot," as its "twists" - well, plot turns - are predictable and low key.
Statham is fine in the lead, as is co-star Ben Foster, but it's a shame to see these two actors wasting away in a movie that presents so little challenge to them. Foster, who has shown signs of brilliance in "Six Feet Under", The Messenger and a few others, continues to appear in movies that fall under his potential. As for Statham, it would be good to see him take on some riskier projects, even if they are in supporting roles.
Though The Mechanic breaks no new boundaries - nor does it come anywhere close - it's mildly entertaining and harmless in execution. That's not praise, but as criticism goes, it could be worse. The Mechanic will appeal to diehard Jason Statham fans, but it's another mailed-in action movie from the actor.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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