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By CHRISTOPHER FORTIER Staff Writer
Action, thy name is Jason Statham.
Statham (The Transporter films) stars in the remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film, The Mechanic.
As Arthur Bishop, Statham is the best at what he does. What he does is kill people.
The plot revolves around Bishop hunting down the murderers of his friend Harry (Donald Sutherland, Space Cowboys) and training Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster, Pandorum) as an assassin.
The film is filled with some well-choreographed fight scenes, the staple of any Statham film, and some cool stunts, but the film falls flat throughout.
Statham’s performance is no different than in any of his other films, so you really don’t see anything new out of him.
Foster’s performance is bland and uninteresting. He’s not too believable as an assassin, and throughout the film I wanted his character aborted from it, even though he’s central to the story.
Directed by Simon West, (Con Air) the film clearly has his signature stamp on it: lots of action, but little story.
If you’re a fan of Statham or brain-dead action films, you will enjoy this. If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, then skip this film.
I give The Mechanic 1 out of 5.