Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Mechanic: Resurrection 2016

     Arthur Bishop lives a quiet life in Rio under an assumed name.  He faked his death to put the life of a master assassin behind him.  A woman courier shows up at a restaurant and directs him to take the job of taking out three men.  He turns down the job but this means he’ll have to go into hiding under another name and in another place.  He goes to Thailand to see his friend Mae and ask her who is looking for him.  He saves Gina from another beating from the guy she’s living with.  Gina has a picture of Bishop on her phone and he believes she was also sent to get him to take the job.  He learns they are blackmailing her and she will be killed if he doesn’t work for them.  They will also harm the orphan children she shelters.
    You will need to watch this film for the action and the scenery alone.  There is a very high body count and not much dialog.  Tommy Lee Jones looks ridiculous in his role.  He must have needed the money to make some payments?  3* (This movie is OK)

98 min, Action directed by Dennis Gansel with Jason Starham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Toby Eddington, Femi Elufowoju Jr., Anteo Quintavalle, Yayaying R. Phonogam.

Note:  Imdb 5.6 out of 10, 29% critic 41% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 1/2*, Amazon 3.9* out of 5* with 900 reviews, Metacritic 38 out of 100 critics 5.4 out of 10.
Special Note:  Filmed in Phuket, Pattaya, Chathaburi, Phang Nga Bay and Bangkok, Thailand; Cambodia; Penang, Malaysia; Sofia, Balkan Mountains, Stara Zagora Province, Varna and Central, Bulgaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Buckinghamshire, England, UK.  Because The Mechanic of 2011 was not a huge hit, the sequel was independently financed.  Statham has always done his own stunts and he started with The Transporter of 2002.  Alba and Hazeldine had extensive physical training for their fight scenes. 

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