CAST: Jason Statham, Tommy Lee Jones, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, Femi Elfuwoju Jr, Anteo Quintavale, John Cenatiempo
DIRECTION: Dennis Gansel
MUSIC: Mark Isham
Move over, Jackie Chan. Head to the back of the class, Matt Damon’s – now, honestly very yawn-inducing – Jason Bourne. Sylvester Stallone and Arnie, you are both legends and you both finally have a worthy successor. Pure action films, in this case revenge-action as a sub-genre, as this kind of movie is meant to be straightforward and to be digested by anyone whether they are ten years old or 50. Jason Statham is now the DUDE of unabashed, no-holds-barred action films. Despite the staid title like ‘mechanic’ and a plot line that is as simple as can be, Statham pulls punches – literally – like we haven’t seen in any action film this year. Okay, to be fair, at least not yet.
Statham, over the course of the many years that he has been in action cinema, seems to have honed his art to a fine level. For even a seasoned critic or a cynic looking for points to poke about, there are none in the performance that he delivers when it comes to brute action. Count the bullet shots that he fires from his 9mm with a silencer attached; he changes magazines after the chamber clicks empty. So much for realism. The plot of this film, as mentioned earlier, is simple enough for a toddler to fathom. But action junkies will get their mainline fix with this one.