Next Friday (January 28th) sees the release of “The Mechanic”, a remake of the classic 1972 Charles Bronson thriller that hopes to become its own franchise. Think a grittier version of “The Transporter”.
Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin with a strict code who is known as a ‘mechanic’. He has a talent for cleanly eliminating targets quickly, professionally and with total detachment.
When his mentor Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, that objectivity falls away and he heads out to kill those responsible. Things get complicated when Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with a determination to learn from him and seek justice against the same men.
So this methodical killer takes this impulsive student under his wing and begins pursuit of their mark. Things however do not go smoothly.
Simon West (“Con Air,” “The General’s Daughter,” “Tomb Raider”) directs the film and one review says “everyone who can appreciate a solid R-rated no-brainer action film will be satisfied… the two [Statham, Foster] have superb on-screen chemistry together.”