Rated: R for violence throughout and language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 26, 2016 Released by: Lions Gate Films
Jason Statham's Arthur Bishop has placed himself in the retirement. His capability as an assassin is legendary and now he is forced into taking three more hits to save a young woman Gina (Jessica Alba). The production is filled with spectacular fights and action but not very solid editing or even a sound script leading to the action packed adventure that Resurrection is.
Bishop's commitment to Gina is not easy to understand, she is a lovely young woman and there is a hint of attraction between the two, but why he is willing to risk his existence battling herds of bad guys while killing the first two on the list that he has been given if he is to keep her alive. It is difficult to find the reason for his commitment to save her, because it's a tough assignment to complete. But with that questioning out of our heads we see massive use of hand to hand fighting and the commitment of equipment and systems that destroy the enemies he is assigned to eliminate. I mention he disposes of the first two but looks for a deal with Max Adams (Tommy Lee Jones). No one trusts anyone else in the plot for good reason, but at times the enemy of an enemy is a friend.
There is a touch of James Bond as Bishop visits Rio, and Sydney and ends up in Europe. The travelogue part of the film is spectacular to view but there is little to sink our teeth into in the script. It's almost as though the second unit did all the action adventures which were then patched together with as little a story as possible.
The problem with all of this is that action minus thinking just flops, perhaps its time for the Mechanic to retire for good.