Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Toby Eddington, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Anteo Quintavalle, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, and more.
Directed by: Dennis Gansel Screenplay by: Philip Shelby and Tony Mosher Story by: Philip Shelby and Brian Pittman Based Upon Characters Created by: Lewis John Carlino and Rachel Long Cinematography by: Daniel Gottschalk Music by: Mark Isham
Premise: Having faked his own death, Bishop’s been leading a normal life down in Rio. But someone from his past has tracked him down and he tries to blackmail him into killing three people. Bishop says no and escapes. Hiding out on a remote island in Thailand, he meets Gina. Someone else being blackmailed by the same man. It’s time to make other plans. (Rated R)
1) Acting – Total Thumbs Up: Jason Statham does what he does well – flawless looking action. He excels at deadpan and brooding expressions mixed with quick glimpses of his inner self. Jessica Alba brings out a little humor and even smiles from the troubled Bishop. She also shows some spunk and isn’t just a helpless female. Tommy Lee Jones is a hoot as Max Adams.
2) Special Effects – Total Thumbs Up: Explosions, grenades, bullets, and more! The fight on the ship put bullet holes everywhere!
A really neat effect is the effects of a chemical reaction Bishop tests for one of the jobs. Nice!
3) Plot/Story – Neutral: You don’t expect a lot of plot from these types of actions films, but there are limits. Though they mention multiple times how important it is for the deaths look “natural”, the first one has Bishop propping up the dead man in prayer. Using items to hold him up. Uhm, how would that look like a natural death to anyone? Especially with his drink all splattered on his clothes? And the bruises from a fight? Hello?
Somewhat soured the rest of the film for me. And it’s a pity, as they get very creative on the jobs he pulls off! Which in its own way made the trouble worse since the guy is super intelligent and ends up doing a super stupid thing. (Which no one notices?) Ugh.
Crain’s motivation wasn’t well thought out either. Why wait so long to get revenge? There was no catalyst for it. Also, the whole “Father’s Watch” bit didn’t work. If Bishop was an orphan and was sold to a group to be trained to fight, they would have never let him keep the watch. I’d half expected it to have a GPS locator in it, so it would have some function, but they let that opportunity pass.
4) Stunts – Total Thumbs Up: All the stunt guys get a major workout on this one. There are a bunch of close quarters fighting and shooting. They looked great! The fight on the big boat was too fun to watch. And wait till the battle in the submarine bay. Sweet!
5) Locations/Cinematography – Total Thumbs Up: The locations for the film were all over the world – Bulgaria, Thailand, Australia, Brazil, and Malaysia. So there are a ton of gorgeous vistas and different architectures used to add flavor to the film.
The cinematography was very well done – taking full advantage of most of the locations. The guys will definitely enjoy the lovely photography of Jessica Alba swimming in the clear waters in Thailand. 😛
Conclusion: If you like tons of action, action, action – the Mechanic: Ressurection delivers. Plot and consistency wise? Not so much.
Rating: 3 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)