The title "The Mechanic" is misleading and if you were expecting a movie about a bunch of men who fix cars, you will be sorely disappointed. The Mechanic tells the tale of a trained assassin who blindly follows orders to kill whoever is next on the list.
Jason Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a ruthless killer who gets the job done. He's been mentored and groomed by an old friend Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland), whom he admires and respects. Soon after McKenna is found dead, Bishop agrees to train McKenna's son Steve (Ben Foster) who vows to avenge his father's death.
The Mechanic, directed by Simon West, is a remake of the 1972 action film starring Charles Bronson. In the original, Bronson's Arthur is motivated to train Steve because he sees potential in the young man.This is not the case with Steve this time around - Steve is unprofessional and blood-thirsty. He does not follow the rules to get the job done neatly, but instead opts for a more hands-on method; getting his ass kicked a couple times along the way.
Foster does a good job playing Steve, you really feel like he is out for revenge. He's a little scrawnier than Statham, but he's still believable in the role.
Statham's Arthur Bishop is a tough killing machine and Statham plays the role well. Statham is an English actor and his accent in the film is a cross between British and America English - it's distracting at times. Statham plays a good emotionless killer and his flat-delivery actually works in this role. You don't expect too much personality from a relentless killer - and that's just what you get.
The stunts were fairly standard for this type of action film. There were times when the huge fire explosions looked a little less like fire and a little more like glowing orange effect. There's a pretty cool car chase/machine guns/explosion sequence in the middle that is slightly gripping, but in the end, not overly impressive.
There are a few good twists in the film, which could be predicable, but more surprising than I originally thought this movie would be able to produce. The film is actually better than the obvious predictability the trailers suggest.
Overall, the film is a teenage boy's dream - sex, guns, explosions, and some hardcore killing, but not an impressive blockbuster hit.