My kind of film: dark, gritty and bloody!
MovieAddict - wrote on 03/01/12
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is the perfect hit-man or lethal assassin (whichever you prefer to call it) who works for "the company", which is never named, so I'm going to call it Evil, Incorporated. Evil, Inc is run by two guys: the soft spoken, wheelchair bound older guy Harry (Donald Sutherland) who's been Bishop’s friend since forever. The other guy has a corporate haircut, wears an expensive suit and rides around in a convoy of sleek black vehicles, accompanied by sunglasses-wearing men with guns.
Being a hit man is a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business but when his mentor and close friend Harry is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His mission grows complicated when Harry's alcoholic loser son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop agrees, not because a washed up, vengeance crazed drunk is the guy you want along when speed, silence, and skill are your keys to survival and because he can't turn his back on Harry's son. Cue training montage.
The Mechanic delivers a nonstop action hit to compliment Statham's brutally violent bone crunching fight sequences he's become notorious for. Statham has great presence and of course we are barely seconds into his first scene before he is out of his shirt (woo hoo for us gals- yea I am a big fan so my review is definitely biased). Although the dialogue is filled with F-bombs left right and center, it is entertaining and very much the definition of a guy film packed to the brim with explosions, bullets flying, broken limbs, daring stunts, car smash ups and the sexy girl on the side.