Monday, 31 January 2011

you're not an Arthur. Maybe a David?

The Mechanic (2011)
Chosen by me as I like to go to the cinema a lot. And I like action movies.

I have only vague recollections of the original Charles Bronson film (probably the best kind of films to do-over, the ones no-one recalls) not that it especially matters. It doesn't seem the type of film to throw in some gags referring to the movie it's remaking.
Ben Foster brings his usual strong performance to bear, once again playing someone whose violence lies just under the surface, visibly which gives the familiar plot a little frisson. It's not of matter of if, or even when, he will explode into violence but how strong and how wild.
Nothing else in the film really stands out, it lacks the knowing, tongue in cheek writing of Simon West's best movie -Con Air (that may sound like damning with faint praise but I like it) and the action or tone isn't really strong enough to get away from being so derivative of so many other Hitman films.

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