Film: Mechanic Resurrection
Cast: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy Lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo, Rhatha Phongam
Director: Dennis Gansel
Shot in Thailand, Malaysia, Brazil, Bulgaria and Australia, this sequel to the 2011 film reboot of the original 1972 actioner starring Charles Bronson, revolves around curiously monickered Arthur (British action star Jason Statham) Bishop who cannot claim to royal priesthood but an expertise in bumping off bad men. Does this elevate Bishop to the realms of Good? Shouldn’t the means justify the ends? Shouldn’t the monstrously evil ISIS aka Daesh be curbed as it spreads its diabolical tentacles? We are in complex moral terrain as films of this genre suggest targeted assassinations make the world a better place to live in.
Bishop can boast of special skills in making murders look accidental which is why he is ‘resurrected’ from self-imposed retirement in Rio and later Phuket after the abduction of his bikini babe girlfriend Gina (Jessica Alba) by hoods on the payroll of ruthless Riah (Sam Hazeldine ) Crain.
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An attractive harbinger of bad tidings (Rhatha Phongam) tasks Bishop with killing three of Crain’s rivals – a warlord, human trafficker and arms dealer – in different parts of the globe. In the process of saving the dearly beloved “bait”, a number of baddies are killed in CGI enhanced, adrenaline fuelled action scenes in which Statham climbs skyscrapers or dives off high cliffs or…You get the drift. Deja vu sets in as one learns the filmmakers want to fashion a franchise out of this flick whose star cast includes Oscar winning veteran Tommy Lee Jones as an arms dealer, Malaysian-Chinese star Michelle Yeoh, who deserved a meatier role and John Cenatiempo who shares the screen with Statham in Vin Diesel’s Fast and Furious 7.