A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves.
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If you love psychotic violence, this is the film for you. A slick, sick glorification of mindless violence without any redeeming morality whatsoever. An ideal film for your first date with that lovely girl whom you suspect to be a major sociopath. It's odd that not a single cop arrives anywhere despite the mass shootings and mayhem in hotels, office blocks and on the streets. No wonder the USA is a violent society.
Statham plays the typical cardboard cut-out action hero of the 21st Century again here. Yet, I've gotta laud Ben Foster, his performance kept me from switching off half way in. So my question is why did they do what they did at the end? I'm bored of Statham action films now. Gimme some more Ben Foster, Hollywood!
Boring and lame. Will entertain only the most ardent action junkies. It has the script with enough big holes in it that makes the story so weak that not even the nonstop violence is enough to prop it up. It has no decent storyline or good characters only action thriller cliches. Go see this ONLY if you just want to see HOT Statham kick-butt for a couple of hours.
Where the original was "existential," this settles for psychopathic. The more it tries to dignify its characters with motivations, plausible backstories, etc., the more crude, contrived and empty it seems. But whoever staged these fight scenes is a goony genius. So play along while it pretends that it just wants to talk, then enjoy the mayhem.
This is a remake of 'The Mechanic' made by Michael Winner in 1972 with Charles Bronson. It's not 1:1 the same, but more or less. This is a B-movie in which Jason Stratham provides what Jason Stratham always provides: violence, action & entertainment. Do not ask about logical storytelling, intelligently made script or psycholocial/emotional involvement. Ben Foster is a miscast. 2,5 stars.