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The Mechanic

The Mechanic
Jason Statham, Donald Sutherland and Ben Foster

Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Chris  
Release date: January 28, 2011 Released by: ABC Films

Paid  assassin Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is the poster boy for what a good professional killer should be. He lives alone, has no close personal relationships (his only female companions are paid for) is highly trained and a man of few words.
His "assignments" are given  by an associate (Donald Sutherland) who has over the years become the closest thing to a friend.  Sutherland  has a troubled 20-something year old son Steve, (Ben Foster) whom Bishop takes in to live with him and teach him the tricks of his trade.
Bishop had a pretty good thing going for him.   Tinkering with a restored Jaguar, living in a secluded glass and timber home, being well paid for a job every once in a while - he had what he wanted.   But, all that changes when he takes in Steve.
The expertise of Bishop's work is best shown in an opening sequence where he flawlessly penetrates a drug lord's compound, kills him and then escapes - all with the man's henchmen believing that his death was accidental.
After a very condensed training period, Steve is up to the task of killing, however he lacks discipline.   Instead of getting in and out fast and clean, he makes things personal and messy.
A loose remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson film.   Director Simon West delivers plenty of action, and watching Jason Statham take care of business never gets old.

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