Mechanic Resurrection: Mission Failed


Luke "Luke Nukem" Myslik, Staff Writer

Mechanic Resurrection is a sequel to the 2011 remake of the original 1972 feature film The Mechanic, the remake itself in my opinion wasn’t bad, but wasn’t any good either. I mean, it’s not like the film was getting remade in the first place just for the sake of shameless name recognition…unlike some films I can name.

In this movie, Jason Statham reprises his role once again as Arthur Bishop, a tough-guy, raspy speaking, for-hire hitman, who is known for his talent of eliminating targets without any trace, stain, or anything left behind when he assassinates someone. But, after completing the mission leading him to defeat his protégé-turned-enemy in the previous film, he retired from being a contract assassin. However, after five years have gone by of being retired from being an assassin, he is given another assignment from an anonymous stranger. He needs to protect a woman by the name of Gina, played by Jessica Alba. After they have a romantic encounter that spans roughly the length of Michael Jordan’s baseball career, the main antagonist played by Sam Hazeldine (who’s been in such “classics” as The Raven and The Brothers Grimsby), along with his henchmen, kidnap Bishop’s girl. In order for Bishop to have the chance to save Gina, he must first attempt to kill three high-profiled targets.  

Right off the bat, the story isn’t anything to write home about. Generally speaking, throughout the whole movie, it’s one cliché after the next, without any new kind of twist or original idea. Love Interest becomes a damsel for the main character; main character has to return from retirement to fight against a generic bad guy, while also getting himself involved in a huge firefight against hoards of enemies without getting a scratch, making this movie another bland mainstream 21st-century film.

Jason Statham continues to play the exact same role he has played in every single film he has been in. Things don’t get better with Jessica Alba either, she is stunning but her good looks aren’t an excuse for her forced acting. The villain wasn’t memorable either, he was a cookie cutter cheese-fest of a bad guy, and he didn’t connect with me in terms of being a menacing threat to me. But at least in his performance, I had an unintentional laugh or two whenever he said a mundane line of dialogue.  

And now, we move on to the one part of this movie that basically is supposed to be the standout of the entire film, and that, would be the action scenes. Although this film does has its absolute downs, the action scenes were very entertaining…at points, because every time the film tries to attempt something cool, it goes back to being dull and ridiculous. Oh, I also forgot to mention that this movie has noticeably terrible and cheaply composited CGI. No really, some of the explosions in the film, looks like stock-footage you would find on a YouTube video.

What makes this film even worse, is that this movie completely tosses the Suspension of Disbelief out a frail glass window. For example, during the beginning of the movie, Jason Statham is getting chased by contracted henchmen in Brazil. As soon as one of the bad guys tries to shoot Statham, he jumps from the top of a cable car, onto an hang glider without any form of impact. That kind of stuff makes me frustrated, because once he lands on the glider, there is no realism. By the time you see it, you’ll probably give up on the film like I did.

What more can be even said about the unbridled cluster known as Mechanic: Resurrection? It is just 99 minutes of forgettable, ridiculous tripe. An over-the-top, zero-sense making film, with a very clichéd story that has no twists or turns to make it interesting in any way, with pacing that is all over the place. However, portions of the action scenes did have cool moments here and there, but in the end, it’s still ruined by all the ridiculousness that overshadows the fun in the action sequences. It takes itself way too seriously, and the film gives us little to no reasons for us to care about any of these characters. Everything that was promised to us was wasted with terrible execution on a film that no one even wanted in the first place.

There is only one mission that every movie needs to accomplish. Being at least entertaining. And with ‘Mechanic: Desecration’, it is certain, without question, that this movie has failed the mission.