Review - Mechanic: Resurrection
This film might not win the gold prize for being the worst movie of the year, but it will certainly go home with the medal for “most unnecessary sequel”. Mechanic: Resurrection, as you might have guessed by its generic title, is not great. While the film has some clever and efficient action sequences here and there, everything else is borderline "so-bad-it’s-good".
Mechanic: Resurrection is directed by Dennis Gansel and follows Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) as he tries to live a peaceful life away from his previous occupation as a contract killer. Of course he is immediately tracked down and for reasons I still don’t quite understand, is forced to take down three targets, lest the big bad kills his new girlfriend (Jessica Alba).
This is a very thinly-plotted action film and even then, it still can’t quite keep everything together in a way that makes sense. There’s some outright illogical decisions that are made just to set up each action sequence. It’s good that there’s a lot of these action sequences because while they’re going, you forget about just how insanely cheesy and cliched every other aspect of this film is.
What doesn’t help smooth out the film is the half-assed acting. Jason Statham does his usual thing, that being: look exactly the same as he does in every movie he’s in, mumble words in a half-american-half-british accent and punch, stab, blow-up and shoot dudes. Yeah, he’s good at the latter which is what earns this film a few points at the end of the day. Then we have Jessica Alba. Ok, so she’s not Megan “grease monkey” Fox bad, but she's not great either. This is partially due to the lines she’s given, but she also lacks any sense of conviction and her character falls completely flat when she tries to tug at your heartstrings with some throwaway story about how she likes helping orphans. Plus, her character is reduced to a damsel in distress for about 75% of the film. On top of this we have Tommy Lee Jones, who is cashing a check and sleeping throughout the film...I’m not even joking, he wears pajamas for about half of his screen time; which is a measly 5 minutes in total.
I almost forgot to mention the villain along with his goofy and incomprehensible "plan". His insistence on using Arthur Bishop as his vessel to carry out these killings is so beyond dumb. In addition to this, we still don't figure out why he wants the first two targets killed, and if it was revealed, it certainly wasn't obvious. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll just say that literally every single thing this villain does is the definition of total incompetence. He also has no real definable characteristic traits, so in addition having an outright foolish plan, he's not even fun to watch in the way some really dopey villains can be.
There are moments of creativity in the film here and there. Bishop is tasked in killing three targets and making them look like accidents. I liked the scenes where he was able to show his resourcefulness, even if it came off a bit like a lesser version of something we might see in Mission: Impossible. I also admired the fluidity of the fight scenes themselves; Jason Statham definitely knows his way around an action scene and the camera is thankfully not in a seizure-like state. There’s some decent photography on display as well, we get to visit at least three beautiful locations in this film and that was a welcome reprieve from the shoddy plotting and dialogue.
Just about everything in this film makes no logical sense. In some action films this quality works in their favor; Con-Air comes to mind. But this film doesn't quite go "full-retard" in the way some of its brothers did. There certainly are ridiculous moments that will make you giggle, but it's not going to be the riotous laughter you'd expect from any of Nic Cage's action endeavors. There's a chance that it may ascend to that level at some point in it's lifetime, but for now, it's just a poorly plotted mess with some good Statham-styled action.