"Violent Nihilistic Exercise"
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The violence and carnage in THE MECHANIC eventually blends together as the movie plays it too cool under the direction of hack director Simon West. The leads maintain such mysterious personas that it’s hard to ever root for any of them. The Mechanic gets away in improbable fashion and lives to see another day in which he gets in a truck and drives off in search of his next anonymous assignment. There are little if any redeeming qualities to this aloof, overly violent nihilistic movie.
(HHH, LLL, VVV, SSS, NN, A, D, MMM) Utterly nihilistic, humanist action film shows little if any regard for human life, as it follows a hitman known as “the mechanic” on jobs and a quest for revenge in the murder of his mentor; at least 29 obscenities and profanities; very strong non-stop, violent mayhem includes a murder by drowning; multiple hand-to-hand fistfights in which much property is destroyed, fighting men’s heads are smashed through glass doors and windows, multiple gunfights in which innocent bystanders are at risk, highly destructive car chases including a scene in which a truck smashes through the back of an entire city bus filled with people, with the main lead falling out unscathed, massive explosions that destroy cars and the property of innocent bystanders; very strong sexual content includes both male leads hire female escorts for sex that is portrayed graphically with explicit nudity, and the men then toss cash on the table as they walk out coldly; upper female nudity and upper male nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, older lead teaches the younger male his killing techniques, betrayal, deception, and no remorse.
THE MECHANIC is an utterly nihilistic action film that is a remake of a 1972 Charles Bronson potboiler, with Jason Statham of “The Transporter” fame stepping into the taciturn late actor’s shoes as a hitman who finds endless inventive ways to kill people with ruthless efficiency.
The Mechanic has one true friend and mentor (played by Donald Sutherland), whom he is hired to kill because the mentor is accused of financially double-crossing his criminal associates. The Mechanic tries to warn his mentor of his impending murder, then is double-crossed by the fact that other bad guys kill the mentor anyway.
Teaming up with the dead mentor’s son (Ben Foster), the Mechanic teaches him how to kill in a variety of ways and the two set off on a mission to avenge the man’s death. The resulting carnage and violence eventually blends together as the movie plays it too cool under the direction of hack director Simon West (THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER), and the fact that the leads maintain such mysterious personas means it’s hard to ever root for any of them. Ultimately, they get their revenge on Sutherland’s boss, but the younger hitman tries to double-cross and kill the older, with each one finally attempting to murder each other with massive explosives. The Mechanic gets away in improbable fashion and lives to see another day in which he gets in a truck and drives off in search of his next anonymous assignment.
There are little if any redeeming qualities to this aloof, overly violent movie.
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