Mechanic:  Resurrection

Mechanic: Resurrection


Mechanic: Resurrection.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  Arthur Bishop is back in the sequel to the 2011 Mechanic movie. He is forced to return to the life he left behind after meeting a cunning but beautiful woman, and he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. Catch the movie on VOD starting Tuesday, November 22.  Entertainment Weekly says, “It’s not all hopeless. It’s still a Jason Statham movie. Just not a very good example of one.”

Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Michelle Yeoh, Tommy Lee Jones
Director: Dennis Gansel
Rating: R
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime



The Hollywood Reporter says, “The film is certainly watchable, thanks to the elaborately staged action sequences and Statham’s killer charisma.”

New York Daily News finds, “It’s fun for a while, on a simple, single-shooter, video-game level. And for a change, the movie’s stunts plug into Statham’s pre-Hollywood career as a champion diver; this may be the most watery thriller since “Thunderball.””

Entertainment Weekly gives the film a C- rating, and further notes, “It’s not all hopeless. It’s still a Jason Statham movie. Just not a very good example of one.”

Variety writes, “In “Mechanic,” [Statham’s] a mechanic of murder, of escape, of ingenuity, of combat. He’s too good (and too badass) to be true, but that’s why we like him. It would be nice to see Statham make a movie one day that’s accomplished enough to raise his game. Until that happens, Mechanic: Resurrection will do.”

The New York Times finds, “If not for Mr. Jones, “Resurrection,” while competently edited, would be devoid of humor, an area where Mr. Statham has shown promise in the past.”

Chicago Reader says, “Digital photography, with its limited ability to capture rapid movement, renders the close combat choppy and disorienting, and none of the kills is especially memorable. But director Dennis Gansel never bites off more than he can chew.”

Los Angeles Times observes, “When the sequel’ is really clicking, it becomes action cinema in its purest visual form: just one buff, taciturn dude doing major damage to his enemies. But those scenes constitute only about half of Mechanic: Resurrection.”

Austin Chronicle gives the film 1.5 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “A poor man’s Mission: Impossible (which I guess makes it MacGyver by default?), Mechanic: Resurrection is a flat and tedious action film that elicited the most lethal response possible when I asked my movie date what she thought after the credits rolled: “boring.” Agreed.”

NOW Toronto finds, “Mechanic: Resurrection aims to be no more satisfying than an oil change, and no one seems more bored by that prospect than Jason Statham.”

Sacramento News & Reviews thinks, “The script by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman is clumsy and far-fetched, the direction by Dennis Gansel uninspired, but somehow the movie manages to be a guilty pleasure.”

According to, “Mechanic: Resurrection suffers from a storyline and script that strains credulity and insults intelligence even by the low bar set by the majority of contemporary action movies.”

The Film Stage calls the film “[A] paint-by-the-numbers product, which ought to have been released directly to VOD.”

The Playlist gives the movie a C rating, and further notes, ““Mechanic: Resurrection” is certainly quite a few things. It’s mindless. It’s senseless. It’s unsophisticated. It’s also rather gratuitous, particularly with one nearly minute-long scene of Alba swimming underwater, included for seemingly no discernible reason other than gazing at her scantily-clad bikini body. Above all else, though, it’s insipid.”

Movie Nation gives the film 1.5 out of 4 stars, and further notes, “Statham should hold out for movies that offer him more than a few exotic stamps on his passport.”

TheWrap thinks, “Even flashy, grumpy Jones can’t act like a defibrillator powerful enough to crank this generic movie into competition for Statham’s better solo outings.”

A.V. Club gives the film a B- rating, and further notes, “Statham and Gansel don’t recreate the Transporter magic; those were lovingly ridiculous action movies, while Mechanic: Resurrection is more hastily ridiculous. But after a season of sagas, revivals, and franchise hubris, the flatness of a Statham sequel inspires its own kind of trash nostalgia.”

According to Consequence of Sound, “Mechanic: Resurrection plays in an uncommonly generic key, and the film only makes intermittent attempts to enliven the proceedings.”

Time Out London says, “Fans of the Stath and his inimitable oeuvre may find just enough shooting, punching and snarling to keep them satisfied. But those who enjoy proper movies are urged to steer clear.” thinks, “Without riveting stakes, Arthur is merely a killing machine without purpose, finding “Mechanic: Resurrection” in dire need of a rewrite or perhaps a distinct reason to be.”

ReelRundown notes, “If the last decade hasn’t already sold you, Mechanic: Resurrection solidifies Jason Statham’s status as a monotone cardboard cut-out excuse of an action star.” observes, “Mechanic: Resurrection won’t inspire anything, but it shouldn’t disappoint either. It’s a typical Statham movie, if you’re a fan of his movies, you’ll like it.” gives the movie a B rating, and further writes, “Mechanic: Resurrection joins the ranks of Commando, Cobra and Broken Arrow as a cheesy, machismo-drenched guilty pleasure. Shove popcorn in your face and have fun.”

ScreenRant thinks, “Unless one is a die-hard Statham fan, it’s not worth the trip to the theater, but Resurrection could have a nice life as a guilty pleasure when it hits home media.” finds, “Underserved in almost every single way, from script to direction and everything in between, Jason Statham deserves better than Mechanic: Resurrection. He is one of the few things that still works here and he saves it from being a total waste of time. Not the worst film you’ll see this year but, sadly, this is one for the Statham completist only.”

Screen It observes, “Had they just made a movie of Statham finding out all of this astounding news, that would have been TONS more entertaining than this stupid, ugly, humorless film.” gives the movie a C rating, and further notes, “At the 70-minute mark, Tommy Lee Jones appears as one of Craine’s rival arms dealers, giving false hope that now, at last, things are going to get exciting. But don’t fall for it. Jones is just slumming here, perhaps fulfilling court-ordered community service, while Statham pays the bills however he can. May they both be put to better use soon.” says, “Pointless in every conceivable definition of the word, Mechanic: Resurrection is a franchise which should have stayed dead.”

The Ooh Tray thinks, “Still, with plot in abundance, for there’s a lot of influences to conflate, some attractive locales and much crowd pleasing MacGyvering on display, Resurrection‘s a rock solid waste of time that even makes the prospect of Arthur Bishop’s further adventures somewhat attractive, perhaps the movie’s one bona fide surprise.”

Common Sense Media gives the movie 2 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “It’s difficult for anyone involved to sell this weakly plotted, emotionally empty sequel as anything more than a lazy cash-grab. With the exception of one intense set-piece, it’s even visually inept.”


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