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Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves. Written by
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What I do requires a certain mindset. I do assignments; designated targets. Some jobs need to look like accidents. Others must cast suspicion on someone else. A select few need to send a clear message. Pulling a trigger is easy. The best jobs are the ones nobody even knows you were there.
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I never seen the 1972 original of the same name starring Charles Bronson. Actually, I don't think I've ever seen a Charles Bronson movie in it's entirety. That's not hard to believe since I was basically raised on comedy and horror films -- action films just never found their way into my late night film festivals. That being said, I enjoyed this new "mechanic".
Arthur Bishop (Statham) is a professional hit-man. Since we can't call them hit men, we call them "mechanics", because they fix problems and stuff. Steve McKenna (Foster) wants to become a mechanic and asks Arthur to help train him because he knows his father (Sutherland). Only, Steve seems to be in it for all the wrong reasons -- for him, it's all about revenge.
There is nothing really original or new to this story. It's an action movie, folks -- there's plenty of bullets, blood, slaps and kicks. The story's not that confusing, it's pretty easy to follow -- I wanted to say more about Statham, Foster and Sutherland -- but I can't because then that would give away everything in the entire movie. It easily held my attention throughout and watching guys like Statham fight is just plain cool. It chugged along just like any action movie should and resolved all the story lines along the way.
If I could change anything about the movie, it would probably involve a little bit more mystery and intrigue -- there just wasn't enough of it in the movie. Well, that and more Mini Anden (rawr!). More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: B-
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