A professional assassin for hire grudgingly fulfils a contract on his old mentor and so takes his delinquent son under his wing while teaching him the tricks of the trade.
The DVD cover of The Mechanic bellows “FROM THE DIRECTOR OF CON AIR AND LAURA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER” and if I’d noticed that before, I wouldn’t have bothered. But to be fair, gone is the cartoon silliness of the likes of The Transporter and Crank leaving this latest Jason Statham project with all the hallmarks of what has become his stock in trade; an unpretentious and economical action film that delivers the goods with a minimum of fuss. The plotting is unimaginative but solid, the performances suitably steely and laconic and the set pieces executed with style and energy.
It’s not art but it never pretends to be; The Mechanic aims to do nothing but entertain for 90 minutes and it does exactly that.