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The flyer for Jason Statham's hitman thriller is fittingly terse and drenched in gun oil. But what does it mean?

The humble film poster is not just an ad, it is an A1-sized opportunity for La's Photoshop wizards to dazzle us with their magic. Monet had his waterlilies, Van Gogh had his sunflowers. But neither had a muse to rival gruff British bruiser Jason Statham and his new movie The Mechanic. The result is a work of genius: daubed in pure testosterone, it deserves far better than to hang in a darkened corner of your local Cineplex. So join me as I crank up the Vision On music and put it in the spotlight it deserves.

What's going on 'ere, then?

Gun oil is invariably the lubricant of choice for marketeers attempting to prise cash from the palms of violence-keen teens. In fact, the only way they could »

- Daniel Bettridge

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