It’s been a short while since we’ve actually seen Jason Statham perform as the lead in his own action film, which is really the reason why Mechanic: Resurrection exists to begin with. You see, Statham has been doing a great job performing as a side character for years, but his fans have missed his movies. Well a couple of his main series was Transporter and The Mechanic, and so the series he decided to add to was the standalone Mechanic movie of 2011. I saw that recently, thought it was decent, but nowhere near the greatness of some of his other stuff. That being said, it really is good to see him in this type of roll again – so how was Mechanic: Resurrection? Let’s get into it.
Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best, make them look like accidents. (IMDb)
This movie is basically the same thing as the first, but maybe a little less meaningful. What I mean by that was the first film introduced a student that he was teaching the ways of the assassin before he retired – which feels more natural and original. This movie feels more like a comeback that was fun but unnecessary. Instead of having a somewhat meaningful storyline, we have three action-packed missions that never really give us a chance to calm down and evaluate how the movie is on a deeper level…which if we’re honest, wasn’t amazing. The story is weak, typical, cliched, and predictable. Nothing about it is anything we’ve never seen before…it’s just a mix mash between the first Mechanic film and maybe a little bit of Mission: Impossible.
That being said, the action is what this movie is all about, and it never pretended to be any differently. The action is definitely a lot of fun and never really bores you, even if I do believe I’ve seen better from Statham. The action mixed with the settings and the pinch of intelligence when deciding how to make these deaths look like accidents was all pretty decent, making this movie an overall “fun” movie to watch. I expected more from Tommy Lee Jones based off the trailers, but he’s more or less the same here as he always is…tired, old, and wanting to be more.
Mechanic: Resurrection is mostly the same film as the first, as both are very action-oriented flicks, but the first has a slightly more meaningful plot. This film tries to provide some alternatives to that by presenting more action sequences that never let up. Well, the action was fine and dandy – but in the end, you might still be feeling hungry for more substance.