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Stars: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Toby Eddington, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Anteo Quintavalle, Rhatha Phongam | Written by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher | Directed by Dennis Gansel
Living with a Jason Statham “superfan” (aka my wife) means that his version of The Mechanic – a remake of the Charles Bronson original – has become something of a legend in our household. I have seen the film more times than I care to admit and more times than any other Statham-starring feature. Which means, honestly, that excitement level for this sequel, Mechanic: Resurrection, was at an all time high.
This time round Arthur Bishop, aka ‘the mechanic’, is settling into retirement when a vicious crime boss, Crain, offers him an assignment. After Bishop turns him down, Crain kidnaps Bishop’s new girlfriend Gina and sets him a near-impossible task to get her back: he must kill three »
- Phil Wheat
In the superb action sequel Mechanic: Resurrection, assassin Arthur Bishop (played by Jason Statham), proves his reputation as the best in the profession by carrying out a series of killings, including knocking off a murderous warlord and an arms dealer, and making them look like accidents. In a stand-out, nerve-shredding scene from the film, he dangles from underneath a glass swimming pool that juts out from the top of a skyscraper, to kill the villain during his daily swim. It’s just one of the many innovative and extraordinary lengths onscreen hit men will go to, to ensure they get their target. Here, along with Bishop’s pool kill, are some of the screen’s most fantastic assassinations.
The Jackal in Day of the Jackal (1973)
In this classic thriller, Edward Fox plays an assassin called the ‘Jackal’, who plots to kill Charles De Gualle, the President of France, one of »
- Phil Wheat
Duncan Bowles Dec 30, 2016
Alain Moussi is a very happy man. When we spoke to him on the phone to talk about the home release of Kickboxer: Vengeance his enthusiasm and passion for the film and all things action movie related were in abundance and rightly so. Moussi has been working in stunts for years, doubling for the likes of Henry Cavill, Aaron Eckhart and recently Hugh Jackman in this year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, but Kickboxer has given him not only the chance to play his first lead role, but to act alongside several of his childhood heroes. There’s also the benefit that two sequels have already been greenlit and are under production already, so here’s hoping Moussi’s first franchise shines a light on his burgeoning talent.
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Mechanic: Resurrection, 2016.
Directed by Dennis Gansel.
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.
To say that I love a Jason Statham movie is an understatement. The Transporter films are awesome, Crank and Spy are is hilarious and his first outing as assassin Arthur Bishop in The Mechanic (2011) was thrilling and tense. Its sequel Mechanic: Resurrection has none of the Statham charm that we’ve come to know and love. This time around Bishop is leading the quiet life when his former foe Crain (Hazeldine) insists that he kills 3 of his enemies. Not having any of it Bishop »
- Helen Murdoch
It’s supposed to be intense, but it’s just silly. Unless it’s secretly about one woman ridding the world of notorious arms dealers through sly manipulation. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): hated the first movie
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
About halfway through the idiotic dumbness that is Mechanic: Resurrection — the unasked-for sequel to the cesspit of unthinking nihilism and misogyny that was 2011’s The Mechanic — I found myself drifting into a feminist reverie. What if (I imagined, fancying myself in a better, smarter, kinder world) Jessica Alba’s Gina here were the mastermind pulling all the strings behind the scenes? What if, instead of the damsel in distress she appears to be, she is in fact manipulating all the overgrown boys with guns who get off on throwing violent tantrums, twisting them so that instead of spewing »
- MaryAnn Johanson
2011’s The Mechanic, a carefully calibrated remake of the Charles Bronson hitman thriller, was presented as a notable development in Jason Statham’s transition from hired muscle to self-made leading man. This humdrum spot of repeat business ditches the definite article, and with it much of the precision and gravity. Formerly a meticulous one-off, Statham’s Bishop now looks more like another cut-price Bond, obliged to assemble his own lethal weapons while drifting through exotic Pacific locales in a dreary opening travelogue. Matters pick up with the three hits Bishop undertakes to rescue bikini-clad aid worker Jessica Alba: there’s an ingenious kill involving a rooftop pool, and it’s amusing watching Tommy Lee Jones’s return to Under Siege styling as an eccentric arms dealer. »
- Mike McCahill
“Don’t Breathe,” a twisty story of a group of teenage delinquents who pick the wrong house to burglarize, dominated the late summer box office, debuting to a potent $26.1 million and topping charts. It joins a long list of recent horror films such as “The Purge: Election Year,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Lights Out,” and “The Shallows” that have all found success with audiences. It’s a genre that’s particularly attractive to studios, because these films don’t require much in the way of special effects or star power, making them cheaper to produce than comic book adventures and science-fiction fantasies.
“These are the films of bean counters’ dreams,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at ComScore. “They are profit machines and even when they’re poorly reviewed, people line up for them.”
“Don’t Breathe” was backed by Sony’s Screen Gems and Steve Bersch’s Stage 6 Films, and »
- Brent Lang
Since his breakout role as a modern action icon in The Transporter, Jason Statham has played similarly steely-eyed badasses time and again, including in franchises like The Expendables and The Fast and the Furious. Given Statham’s real-life martial arts skill, rugged good looks and undeniable charisma, it’s no wonder that every studio in Hollywood is dying to build an ongoing series of films around the international superstar. However, as is known to happen in the business, this thirst for long-term profits can often result in films that are so devoid of purpose or substance that they may as well not exist at all.
Take The Mechanic, for example. The 2011 film – itself a remake of a 1972 release starring Charles Bronson (Death Wish) – made just $29 million domestically against a production budget of $40 million, but its $62 million worldwide cume was apparently strong enough for Summit Entertainment to eventually develop a sequel. »
- Robert Yaniz Jr.
The horror genre proves to be frighteningly reliable this season as “Don’t Breathe” is the latest scary flick to have an impressive box office showing. The film, from Sony and Screen Gems, earned $10 million on Friday at 3,051 locations, and is eyeing a $22 million opening weekend.
“Suicide Squad” will steal second place this weekend with about $11 million at 3,582 locations. The Warner Bros. film is in its fourth frame and has already earned well over $500 million worldwide.
Jason Statham will carry Lionsgate’s “Mechanic: Resurrection” to a disappointing opening of $7 million at 2,258 locations after earning $2.6 million on Friday. The film, about an assassin forced out of retirement, follows up on 2011’s “The Mechanic” and the latest in a number of underperforming sequels.
- Seth Kelley
Sony’s horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” is dominating moviegoing this weekend with more than $20 million at 3,051 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Sony remained more cautious abut the forecasts, opting in the early afternoon for a projection in the mid-teens while other trackers offered forecasts as high as $24 million. Even at the lower level, “Don’t Breathe” is a profitable play for the studio, given the film’s price tag of less than $10 million.
“Don’t Breathe” will be well above the closest rival — the fourth frame of Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” which is expected to gross in the $10 million range. The supervillain tentpole should finish the weekend with more than $280 million in its first 24 days in the U.S.
- Dave McNary
In “Mechanic: Resurrection” Jason Statham plays a retired killer who spins records on a $10,000 turntable kept on his boat. Records. On a boat. He has his own batcave built into a shipping container, and identical getaway kits — cases packed with cash, passports, gun — stashed in different cities like videogame save points. His phone is a Nokia, and that detail alone reveals this guy sees the world through totally different eyes than you or I. This is the sequel to Statham’s 2011 vehicle “The Mechanic,” in which his character Arthur Bishop killed people by staging untraceable “accidents.” It »
- Russ Fischer
Mechanic: Resurrection, 2016
Directed by Dennis Gansel.
Believed dead ‘mechanic’ Arthur Bishop, one of the world’s best mercenary assassins, is dragged back into his old life by a wealthy arms dealer and a damsel in distress…
So you remember The Mechanic right? Jason Statham’s 2011 remake of the 1970’s Charles Bronson thriller? No? Here’s a funny story – nobody else does either. Of all the recent new beginnings of stalled movie franchises, this has to be the most baffling. Did anyone even watch The Mechanic in the first place? You know what you’re getting with The Stath but even for his enjoyably thick-headed talents, it was lower tier action fodder, mainly because it was just so chronically dull from the outset. Mechanic Resurrection, it’s long unanticipated sequel, threatens to go the same way with a plodding, »
- Tony Black
In 2011, “Con Air” director Simon West directed the Jason Statham action vehicle “The Mechanic,” a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film, about professional assassin Arthur Bishop who makes his hits look like accidents. The film garnered mixed reviews and grossed over $60 million worldwide. Now, Statham returns as Bishop in the sequel “Mechanic: Resurrection” and critics are still mixed on the latest high-octane action fare.
Los Angeles Times‘ Noel Murray says that when the film clicks “it becomes action cinema in its purest visual form: just one buff, taciturn dude doing major damage to his enemies,” but that only constitutes about half the movie. He suggests to “fast-forward to the stunts” when it comes out on home video, arguing that you “won’t miss a thing.”
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Frank Scheck claims that “Resurrection” is “certainly »
- Vikram Murthi
Has enough time yet passed for a new Jason Statham action thriller to qualify as a throwback? Even in their mid-’00s heyday, Statham’s movies felt like descendants of earlier eras, offering ’80s excess on ’70s budgets; it’s one reason he was so at home in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables crew. But Statham’s solo vehicles also have a Eurotrash/Asian fusion sheen that’s very much of their time. Since the release of his 2011 thriller The Mechanic (a remake of a ’70s Charles Bronson vehicle, naturally), the economics of the low-level action movie have shifted to such a degree that the belated sequel Mechanic: Resurrection boasts a stronger cast on a visibly lower budget. The latter, at least, makes sense, presumably accommodating minimal, borderline nonexistent demand.
The least requested part two of the summer finds Statham’s ingenious hitman Arthur Bishop retired and living on a ...
- Jesse Hassenger
The horror-thriller “Don’t Breathe” scared up a solid $1.9 million on Thursday night at 2,500 North American locations.
The Sony-Screen Gems movie has been forecast to lead a mild weekend at the domestic box with about $12 million at 3,051 sites. That should be enough to top the fourth frame of Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad,” which is expected to gross in the $10 million range and finish the weekend with more than $280 million in the U.S.
Lionsgate’s “Mechanic: Resurrection” launched mildly on Thursday night with $390,000 at 1,800 locations.
“Don’t Breathe,” directed by Fede Alvarez, centers on a group of teenagers who break into the home of a blind man in order to steal money, only to find themselves in a desperate fight to stay alive. The film, financed by Sony Pictures’ Stage 6 Films and produced for less than $10 million, has been building buzz for its core fan audience with screenings at Comic-Con and SXSW. »
- Dave McNary
“You’re different!” So says an old colleague (Michelle Yeoh) who hasn’t seen Arthur Bishop, the mission-improbable hitman in “Mechanic: Resurrection,” for a long time. “Older,” he replies, coming out and stating the obvious. In fact, Jason Statham doesn’t merely look older than he did when he last played Arthur Bishop, in the 2011 thriller “The Mechanic.” He looks leaner and meaner, more squinty with resolve, more brutally and methodically sociopathic. With his hair cropped closer than usual, Statham has become a total bullet-head, a human ice pick — a machine of death.
For a while now, Jason Statham has been the thinking man’s smart/dumb B-movie action star. His films, or at least a lot of them, swim around in the grindhouse muck of bloodsport and revenge, a genre that has spawned such brooding blocks of wood as Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. But Statham, unlike most action-pulp icons, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Saturday Am Update: With an estimated $10 million on Friday, Screen Gems' Don't Breathe took the #1 spot with ease and will breeze through to a weekend win around $22 million. Meanwhile, Jason Statham's Mechanic: Resurrection pulled in an estimated $2.6 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $6.5-7 million for the three-day weekend. Roadside and Miramar's Southside with You brought in approximately $1 million on Friday and is expected to bring in $2.6-3 million for the weekend while the Weinstein's Hands of Stone brought in an estimated $624k and should finish right around $1.5-1.8 for the three day. You can check out our chart of Friday estimates right here and we'll be back tomorrow morning with a full recap of the weekend. Friday Am Update: Screen Gems and Stage 6 Films' Don't Breathe brought in $1.875 million from Thursday night screenings in ~2,500 theaters. This is just ahead of the $1.8 million Lights Out »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
So they decided to wake Arthur Bishop again after the 2011 release of The Mechanic, making it a surprising franchise. This time around with German director Dennis Gansel at the helm, the film has Jason Statham along with Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Yeoh as part of the main cast.
What is it about?
A contract killer in Hollywood is sure to go underground trying to turn a new leaf and almost always gets forced back to action. The same thing happens here and in spite of the fact that this is the 21st century, the writers of »
Welcome to another “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide release movies. The dog days of August are officially upon us and things really slow down at the cineplexes. Suicide Squad continues to dominate the box office, but three newcomers (all with an R-rating) look to take its crown. There’s the new horror flick, Don’t Breathe, from the director of 2013’s The Evil Dead, another Robert De Niro boxing movie, Hands of Stone, and the latest Jason Statham action vehicle, Mechanic: Resurrection.
What we are excited about:
Besides The Conjuring 2, there has not been a worthy R-rated horror movie in theaters in quite some time. Director Fede Alvarez delivered the goods with his remake of The Evil Dead back in 2013 and showed audiences he is not afraid to go to some dark and violent places to get some scares. »
- Scott Davis
This is the way the summer movie ends. Not with a bang, but a whimper.
Facing little in the way of serious competition, Sony and Screen Gems’ “Don’t Breathe” should debut in first place this weekend, racking up $12 million across more than 3,000 screens. If those estimates hold, it will mark the lowest-grossing number one film since “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” topped charts for the fourth consecutive time on the weekend of Dec. 11th, a sign that blockbuster season is officially over despite the fact that summer hasn’t quite ended.
It is possible that “Suicide Squad,” the supervillain mash-up that vexed critics, but still drew crowds, could retain its crown. It will likely add $10 million to its haul, pushing the comic book adaptation ever closer to $300 million domestically. “Suicide Squad’s” stateside total currently stands at $264.6 million.
“Don’t Breathe” centers on a group of teenagers who »
- Brent Lang
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