REVIEW: “The Mechanic’ Franchise Didn’t Need A Resurrection

Arthur Bishop has returned for some more assassination attempts, albeit being more reluctant this time around.

In this follow-up to the 2011 picture, “The Mechanic Resurrection” carries on the story of Bishop (Jason Statham) who now lives in isolation in Brazil.

His peace is shattered, though, when he’s forced into a job by an old nemesis named Crain (Sam Hazeldine). The main reason why he’s forced to do more assassinations is because Crain is holding Bishop’s new girlfriend Gina (Jessica Alba) hostage.

The 2011 “Mechanic” film, in my opinion, worked on a number of levels. For example, it took a different approach with an assassination picture, having the protagonist stage the killings as accidents.

Additionally, its story was well executed as a mentor-ship tale and there was a secret held throughout the picture that would eventually be revealed. On top of all of this, it included a solid performance from the talented Ben Foster.

It’s not to say that the 2011 flick was a masterpiece, but it was a well made action film.

The sequel, meanwhile, has much less to offer, delivering nothing but the most generic tropes that one has seen so many times before.

In terms of story, “Resurrection” has a weak first act with a laughably rushed bit of relationship development for Arthur and Gina. The quickness just makes the relationship, and Arthur’s willingness to save her, seem unbelievable.

This aspect of the movie could have likely worked better had Gina been introduced as an old flame of Arthur’s which at the very least would have provided a better reason for him to risk so much.

From there, the movie just becomes a series of jobs Arthur has to complete for Crain, whose motivation for hiring Bishop is rather convoluted.

With that said, when the assassination plans are actually being developed and executed, they give some excitement and intrigue. Another issue arises, though, when the villain Crain explains everything about the mission through narration, even though what he’s saying is being shown on screen to the audience.

Regarding the characters, Jason Statham delivers what he usually gives in these pictures, the tough, quiet type. It’s Statham’s bread and butter, and in some of the more action filled moments it works. At times, though, Statham can be a little lacking in the charisma department and it’s noticeable here.

Sam Hazeldine, meanwhile, was awful as the villain, playing the most typical big bad featured in a movie in quite a while. He never makes the character feel very menacing and every time he gives a threat it feel empty. Plus, as previously stated, his motivations against Bishop are convoluted.

The worst character in the movie, though, was Gina. On top of an uninspired performance from Alba, the character, who was introduced as having military experience, is reduced to being a damsel in distress from start to finish.

Is there somewhat of an entertainment value from seeing some of the more exciting moments in “Mechanic: Resurrection?” Sure, one scene on the side of a high rise building is fairly well made. But everything else in the movie is rather forgettable and a few nice action scenes don’t make up for it. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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