Jason Statham returns to his comfort zone with this low-rent action thriller.
The Mechanic (2011), in which Jason Statham played an elite assassin who specialized in making his killings look like accidents, wasn’t exactly a major Oscar contender. But it starts to look like one in comparison to this seriously tacky, low-rent sequel. The Stath is back as Arthur Bishop, glowering his way from Rio to Thailand to Bulgaria when Gina (Jessica Alba), the scantily clad woman he falls for in about five minutes flat, is snatched by gun-runners who want him to eliminate their competition.
German director Dennis Gansel (The Wave) may as well have shot the entire film with a sack over his head—the cinematography and editing are so amateurish and shaky that some scenes are simply incomprehensible. Despite the exotic locations, the whole film looks and feels incredibly cheap, with clumsy stunts and CG explosions that wouldn’t look out of place in a Sharknado movie. A late cameo from Tommy Lee Jones as a hippie arms dealer spices things up temporarily, but by then the damage has been done. Fans of Statham and his inimitable oeuvre may find just enough shooting, punching and snarling to keep them satisfied. But those who enjoy actual movies are urged to steer clear.
|Release date:||Friday August 26 2016|
Cast and crew
|Screenwriter:||Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher|
Tommy Lee Jones