Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.
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The Mechanic, a remake of the 1970s movie of the same name, is a decent action movie. It follows an elite hit man, played by British action aficionado Jason Statham, as he trains up an apprentice, played by Ben Foster.
The detached and methodical loner is juxtaposed by the impulsive and emotional apprentice, who is looking to avenge his father’s murder. Jason Statham plays Jason Statham and that is perfectly fine for his role as the quiet hard-hitting assassin. Ben Foster shines as the emotionally fueled sidekick, in a role which could easily have been throwaway and clichéd has has depth and control in the hands of this talented actor.
There are some nice action set pieces throughout the movie, but this is balanced by plot developments. The action scenes aren’t without some fault, a couple of times they fall foul of the extreme close-up and fast editing trend popularised by Paul Greengrass in his Bourne trilogy, leaving you with action that is difficult to follow. Although the two ending scenes are obvious and somewhat clichéd they don’t detract from the enjoyment which is to be had.
The Mechanic is the perfect embodiment of the contemporary action genre movie. With a running time of ninety minutes, it is the perfect length for what it needs to say and do, the acting is above average for this type of movie and there is a good balance between plot and action.