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Mechanic 2: Resurrection (2016)


Duration 1h 38m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story The previous Mechanic film and very remotely the 1972 film of the same name.
Director Dennis Gansel
Writers/Script Phillip Shelby, Tony Mosher (Story Phillip Shelby and Lewis John Carlino characters)
Starring Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh

Elevator Pitch: Arthur Bishop, in retirement in Rio is approached and then attacked by a group wanting to engage his services, forcing him to retreat to Tailand, where unexpectedly a good looking young woman appears looking for protection. They become an item and then she is kidnapped by people who want Bishop to carry out three impossible assassinations in some of the most exotic locations on the planet, in order to fufil their commercial requirements.

Content: JA in a bikini once and rolling about unconvincingly on a bed with JS once. Arthur must be very ingenious to carry out the assassinations, and there is almost continuous gunfire between him and the mass of villains employed by the opposition, mostly on board a yacht which seems to be able to move from one place to another with ease. Some of the stunts appear to be choreographed for JS’s capabilities. Typically he dives off a cliff into the sea – and we know that he was once an Olympic diver.

A View: Well! I wrote about “The Mechanic” that you would think this would be an ideal vehicle for Jason Statham, and you would think the same about this outing, but somehow it isn’t. It could be the unfeasably large number of thugs in opposition to him, or the fact that he and Jessica Alba honestly do not make music together. For the alternative have a look at Transporter 3, where the interaction between he and Natalya Rudakova is terrific. So unfortunately not worth your time even if you are a JS fan.

Additional Info: And finally I am going to add to the goofs, although you’d have to actually watch the film to know what I am on about. How could a cable locker be watertight if the anchor has to be released from it?

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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