Review: ‘Mechanic: Resurrection’s’ action scenes click, but fast-forward the rest (when it hits video)

Just like the 1972 Charles Bronson vehicle “The Mechanic” and the 2011 Jason Statham-starring remake, the best scenes in “Mechanic: Resurrection” contain almost no dialogue. 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.” For the rest of the movie’s running time, Statham makes moony-eyes at costar Jessica Alba and tries to convince the viewer — unconvincingly — that his movie’s plot matters.

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Once again, Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a highly skilled assassin specializing in making cold-blooded murders look accidental. After an interminable setup, director Dennis Gansel and his writers get around to the main plot of “Mechanic: Resurrection,” which involves Bishop completing three impossible jobs to save the life of his new girlfriend, Gina (played by Alba).

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There’s too much explanation in this film, and too many generically sleazy crime bosses (played by the likes of Sam Hazeldine and Tommy Lee Jones). It’s also a bummer that this “Mechanic” wastes Hong Kong action legend Michelle Yeoh in what amounts to a glorified cameo. (If she’d been Bishop’s girlfriend, this would have been a much better picture.)

Still, every 10 minutes or so — when Bishop has to scale a skyscraper or blow up a submarine or hop onto a moving hang-glider — this movie is actually a kick. When it comes out on home video, fast-forward to the stunts. You won’t miss a thing.


‘Mechanic: Resurrection’

MPAA rating: R, for violence throughout and language

Running time: 1 hour, 39 minutes

Playing: In general release