There’s a new poster for Simon West’s remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson classic “The Mechanic” that actually looks pretty sweet. I love the original (my dog is named Bronson, so, you know), and I haven’t been terribly excited to see it remade. There is a special place in my heart for “Con Air” (another West joint), but by no stretch of the imagination is it a good movie. Overall, this leaves me with an ambivalent, wishy-washy feeling.
Here is the official synopsis from CBS Films:
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a ‘mechanic’—an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It’s a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed—he wants those responsible dead.
His mission grows complicated when Harry’s son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop’s trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can’t turn his back on Harry’s son. 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.
I actually like both Statham and Foster, so there is potential in that department, and there are lots of explosions in the trailer (always a bonus), but I can’t help but think “The Mechanic 2011” is unnecessary. Hell, “Leon: The Professional” is already essentially a remake. Does the world really need another? Regardless of my feelings, it’s happening. Though the film spent some time languishing on the shelf in a sort of release purgatory, CBS Films has finally scheduled a January release.
Like I said, this poster is actually pretty righteous. The image is a bunch of little guns arranged to make a giant gun, and giant guns are intrinsically badass. Apparently if you have a smart phone you can download some sort of code reader (here is a list of places to do that) that will unlock a bunch of fun extra stuff when you scan the poster. I don’t have a smart phone, so I can’t speak to any of that. Let me know what you find. I’m curious.
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