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Mechanic: Resurrection
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by Jay Seaver

"Broken down."
2 stars

That "Mechanic: Resurrection" was a sketchy idea was obvious to begin with; Jason Statham's first go-around with this character was not exactly a hit or considered the sort of mid-level of action movie that executes better than the bigger-budget ones (and the best element of that movie, Ben Foster as Statham's protege, wasn't returning). Still, when Michelle Yeoh's character asks Statham's to beat up just ONE obnoxious goon... Well, geez, that's not great use of resources on display.

If you don't remember how the previous film ended (I certainly didn't), top assassin Arthur Bishop (Statham) has faked his death and now is living off the grid in Rio. Old "friend" Crain (Sam Hazeldine) has discovered him, though, and soon has blackmailed Bishop into carrying out three hits that must look like accidents - African war criminal Krill (Femi Elufowoju Jr.), Australian human trafficker Adrian Cook (Toby Eddington), and American arms dealer Max Adams (Tommy Lee Jones), using pretty relief worker Gina (Jessica Alba) as a hostage.

The action crosses the globe, from Rio to Thailand to Australia to Bulgaria, maybe not all places where action films go to shoot relatively cheap, but the pattern is pretty clear, and it's a weirdly modular movie: It's understandable enough that each of the targets only shows up in one location, but Crain's headquarters on a boat isolates him and Gina - after she's introduced in Thailand, they could have shot all her scenes in one spot even as they're supposedly travelling the world. Characters whom it seems might recur disappear, and the episodes fail to build on each other in interesting ways. The repetition of material from Rio in Thailand and the way Crain finally enlisting Bishop takes forever makes one wonder if a lot could have been cut out of those segments.

That's in part because Bishop is just much too good at this. Though the opening fight scene in Rio is actually pretty slick, it never seems like Bishop is actually challenged by these jobs, just blitzing through them even when they involve killing a whole bunch of hired thugs. A lot of them involve diving or staging some sort of underwater attack, so Statham gets to go back to some of his roots, but none of them actually wind up looking like an accident. It leads to a lot of suspenseless, uninvolving action scenes, even when the execution is fairly capable. It does not help that there's never a single really worthy adversary for Bishop when it comes time for hand-to-hand. You would hope that Sam Hazeldine would have a quality showdown with Statham - then he'd be good for something - but the meant-to-be climactic fight just fails to excite.

Hazeldine is trying to chew scenery but just winds up dull, and he's not alone in that; Femi Elufowoju Jr. and Toby Eddington are complete non-entities as guys who are supposed to be monsters, and while I don't think writers Philip Shelby and Tony Mosher knew what to do with Jessica Alba's character - Gina changes from capable to damsel in distress and terrified to giggly without rhyme or reason - Alba only sporadically sells any of them. Michelle Yeoh and Jason Statham are reliable as usual, certainly not letting the audience down, but not finding surprisingly great charactes in Bishop or his friend Mei. Tommy Lee Jones arrives late, and is underused, but also makes it very clear that, even just picking up a paycheck at 20% effort, he's more entertaining than the rest of the cast combined.

After watching the previous "Mechanic", my impression was that it wasn't exactly a bad movie but didn't stand out in any way (and probably wasn't half the cult-classic movie from which it was remade). This one is, in fact, a bad movie, although it's also fairly forgettable, not something so awful as to be held against Statham, Jones, Yeoh et al. Which is likely pretty far from what everyone involved was shooting for, but there's almost certain to be something better playing whenever watching it is an option.

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10/27/16 Bob Dog Mechanic: Resurrection is the best James Bond movie in 14 years 5 stars
10/03/16 Timothy Killoran Loved it! Especially Tommy Lee Jones. I hope they make a third one. 5 stars
9/08/16 John O'Reilly Not bad, Jessica Alba always nice to watch. Jason stereotypical as the hero. 3 stars
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8/29/16 Croweater888 I want to poke Jessica Alba's bum with my willy. 5 stars
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