Statham does all the wetwork
MECHANIC: RESURRECTION (NC16)
Action / 98 minutes / Opens today
MECHANIC: Resurrection depends so heavily - and solely - on its protagonist from start to finish that it makes every other character pretty much irrelevant.
Don't get me wrong.
Elite hitman Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a star player, executing applaudable stunt sequences in the most perilous of situations that it makes your heart stop.
This is the man who cheats death as he scales glass upside down from a great height with giant suction cups and makeshift climbing equipment.
I just wish the script wasn't written such that Bishop does all the work while everyone else exists only to fade into the background.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but yes, that also includes Jessica Alba's Gina - a potential strong femme fatale and Bishop sidekick, except she ends up as a helpless damsel in distress.
Unfortunately, Gina is just a pawn in this game of chess, erm, assassination.
Even the love scenes she shares with Bishop are uncomfortable at best.
Don't even get me started on action queen Michelle Yeoh, who's inexplicably reduced to an island resort owner.
So unless you're down for Mechanic: Resurrection being pretty much The Arthur Bishop Show, it won't be offering much more than explosive fight sequences that are everything an action junkie's dreams are made of.
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