Theatrical release poster

No one ever asked for it. Nevertheless, it is no surprise that here we are here now five years later with the sequel to the 2011 action flick, The Mechanic. As Hollywood continues to produce unwanted reboots and sequels, let Mechanic: Resurrection be another painful lesson for studios to stop indulging in such a crime. Coupled together with a cheesy and generic title, this show has all the makings of a box office bomb. I had to go through the pain of trudging my weary footsteps to the preview on a Tuesday night. Thank god for its short 96 minute run time. I wouldn’t want anybody to sit through that.

We now see Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) who has abandoned his life of professional assassination and is now chilling out in his boathouse in Rio de Janeiro under a new identity. But soon enough, he is forced out of retirement to save the love of his life; a woman named Gina (Jessica Alba) whom he only knew for less than 24 hours. And in order to do so, he would have to perform three kills. The catch being he has to make them look like accidents; his specialty. Reluctant to return to his former violent life of contract killing, he traverses across the world to complete this mission for the sake of saving his damsel in distress.

Arthur Bishop (Statham), left, with Gina (Alba), bathing in the sun and the sea

I am no director, yet I can think of so many better ways the movie could have built the Bishop/Gina romance to something worth caring about. The cues for needless sexual tension are definitely not one of them. Needless to say, the script and storytelling was slipshod. It is as if the film expects us to already know the characters inside out and that just made the first act more confusing than it already is. Almost every line of dialogue was a violation of my senses. I lost count of the number of times I cringed in my seat and silently screamed ‘what the f***’ in my head.

This is an action film and Statham is unmistakably badass in his role as expected. He personified ‘float like a butterfly, string like a bee’ as the guards couldn’t hear him dropping bodies nearby. In spite of him getting into plenty of fistfights and shootouts, Bishop looked literally unscathed. Skin so white and clean, it’ll shoot up a school. Also, the fact that multiple armed guards couldn’t restrain a social worker (Gina) from potentially escaping from captivity just aided in hitting the nail in the coffin what glaringly unrealistic action scenes are all about.

Arthur Bishop going commando

I was actually looking forward to see how Bishop meticulously planned out his kills as it was what he was best at doing. It turned out to be a chore to watch the process unfold and I found myself restlessly slumped in my seat just waiting for the next kill to be executed. It wasn’t worth the wait. To be honest, I wanted to walk out midway through the show.

This is no Fast and Furious by any means. But despite all of that, the action scenes and Statham’s sharp choreography are no doubt the stars of the show as it raises the film to become somewhat remotely exciting.

Big plans for a big kill

All in all, Mechanic: Resurrection watches like a direct-to-DVD product and is nowhere near the standards of being a theatrically acceptable action picture. The green screen in the background is distractingly obvious with CGI effects akin to Sharknado on Syfy. Its fortunes would certainly have been worse if Jason Statham weren’t in it. Uncompelling villains and characters with a personality of a concrete wall just adds on to the steaming pile of mediocrity. Statham deserves more than just exotic picturesque destinations and a voluptuous co-star for all his action film prowess. Give it a miss.

Directed by: Dennis Gansel

Written by: Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher

Based on: Characters by Lewis John Carlino
Richard Wenk

Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh, Tommy Lee Jones

Running time: 98 minutes

Genre: Crime/Thriller