Jason Statham is indeed one of my favorite actors for action films. Yet despite not loving the movie as much as I’d hoped, it wasn’t his performance that led to my disappointment. It was rather the plot-line of the movie at its entirety. Believe me; I have extremely strong opinions about this.
Arthur Bishop, the lead protagonist’s role, is often portrayed as too heroic to the extent that it was irrational. Certainly, heroism is perhaps the most centralized aspect in the majority of action films, yet as for Mechanic Resurrection; it’s overbearingly excessive. I can’t possibly deny that it was entertaining—as it should be—for it was made for that particular objective. But for the most part, I was merely baffled. I could foretell precisely everything from the get-go. Mister Bishop is simply too good to be true.
To put it into perspective; he’d constantly win every single brawl, is practically invincible and showed no indication of pain after being horribly wounded. And it wasn’t as if his character was an extraterrestrial creature or alien of some sort; Arthur Bishop was evidently a human mortal!
The same applies for Gina (played by Jessica Alba). You would expect that a female human who’d just suffered a bullet wound to her thigh can scarcely walk, right? The movie contested that theory by proving to all of us that Gina barely limped!
Personally, I feel that a good action movie must be able to sustain a balance between its two vital elements; heroism and rationalism. It’s understandable that Action films are created for the sole purpose of entertainment and are not meant to be taken seriously. But it doesn’t help anything either to make every single plot point a literal adult fairytale. I had high expectations for this movie, seeing as the starring actors and actresses are all of a high profile. But it’s easy for me to conclude, that Mechanic resurrection failed my eager anticipation.
Regardless of this review, if anyone were to ask whether I’d still watch another Jason Statham film. Of course, I would!
Living under cover in Brazil, master assassin Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) springs back into action after an old enemy (Sam Hazeldine) kidnaps the woman (Jessica Alba) he loves. To save her life, Bishop must kill an imprisoned African warlord, a human trafficker (Toby Eddington) and an arms dealer (Tommy Lee Jones), all while making the deaths look like accidents. When things don’t go exactly as planned, Bishop turns the tables on the people who forced him out of retirement.