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The Mechanic

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

You could edit snippets from any of Jason Statham’s hard-nut capers into one long sequence and not notice the joins. The same goes for this latest round of degeneracy – a remake of Michael Winner’s awful 1972 film – in which he plays a hitman (surprise!) of such expert precision that he leaves no evidence of his kills. As in the original, which starred Charles Bronson, Arthur Bishop (Statham) is a skilful, classical-music-loving, superhuman contract killer hired by his boss to off old friend Harry (Donald Sutherland, coasting). At which point Harry’s young hitman-wannabe son Steve (Ben Foster, not bad) enters the frame and pleads with Arthur to coach him in the ways of the modern assassin – unaware that Arthur is his father’s killer – and so we launch into an episodic spate of contrived and implausible hits. With its unrelenting violence and obligatory bonking sessions, this is one for avid ‘Stath’ fans only.

Written by Derek Adams

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 28 January 2011
  • Duration:92 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Simon West
  • Screenwriter:Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino
  • Cast:
    • Jason Statham
    • Ben Foster
    • Donald Sutherland
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