Franchise Weekend – Mechanic: Resurrection (2016)

Director: Dennis Gansel

Writer: Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher (Screenplay) Philip Shelby, Brian Pittman, Rachel Long/Lewis John Carlino (Story/Characters)

Starring: Jason Statham, Jessica Alba, Tommy lee Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Sam Hazeldine, John Cenatiempo

 

Plot: Arthur Bishop thought he had put his murderous past behind him, until his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. Now he is forced to travel the globe to complete three impossible assassinations, and do what he does best: make them look like accidents.


Tagline – Revenge is a dangerous business.

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Action Film

 

Story: Mechanic: Resurrection starts in Brazil as Arthur Bishop (Statham) believes his life in the fixing problems business was over, but when a mysterious woman wants him to do a job which lead him into going into hiding in a remote beach island where Mei (Yeoh) keeps a home safe for him.

When that peaceful life is interrupted by Gina (Alba) who is being forced into help Crain (Hazeldine) to get a job done, Arthur finds himself coming out of retirement to do the three kills for him, each seeming to be more impossible than the last.

 

Thoughts on Mechanic: Resurrection

 

Characters – Arthur Bishop is the assassin that is in retirement, but his reputation only leads people into tracking him down, forcing him to complete a new set of kills, where we continue to see his skill set in action. Gina is the new love interest who is a humanitarian that is forced into working with the villain. Crain is our main villain pulling the strings on the jobs that he wants Arthur to do for him, he has previous with Arthur too. Max Adams is one of the hits Arthur is assigned to do, the most difficult one at that.

PerformancesThis is Jason Statham’s strength, an emotionless killer that can fight, he shines in this type of role and you can see why he always gets picked for these roles. Sam Hazeldine is good generic villain while Jessica Alba is just a generic damsel in distress that any actress with sex appeal could have pulled off. Tommy Lee Jones only has a few scenes and does seem to have fun in his role.

StoryThe story is a by the book action thriller, our hero must kill a set number of people to rescue a loved one from the villain, well that is all we want in an action film. This does have a twist in the final act but in all honesty the story is thin but I am fine with that I don’t want a film that makes me think at times and that is what I get given here.

Action/CrimeThe action is big, mostly fight scenes that we know Statham can handle, it is the slow build action sequences that stand out in this film though, the crime side throws us into the world of the people Arthur needs to kill.

SettingsThe settings takes us all over the world, Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia, Sydney and more, the settings are used to show how the jobs can take him all over the world because of the scale of the job.

Special EffectsCertain shots in this film are green screen and clearly that, which is disappointing but when it comes to the explosion etc they all look fine.


Scene of the Movie –
Sydney Job.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The green screen moments look weak.

Chances of Sequel: If the money was good enough we could get one.

Budget: $40 Million

Final ThoughtsThis film does everything you want it to, it’s an action film that lets you switch your brain off and enjoy.

 

Overall: Easy to watch action film.

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ABC Film Challenge – Random – D – Demolition (2015)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Writer: Bryan Sipe (Screenplay)

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis, CJ Wilson, Polly Draper, Malachy Cleary

 

Plot: A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Drama

 

Story: Demolition starts as we meet Davis (Gyllenhaal) our successful banker whose world comes crashing down when his wife is killed in a car accident. His boss and father in law Phil (Cooper) tries to help him through the loss, but Davis finds himself spending time writing to a vending company that failed to give him a snack, moments after his wife’s death. Davis gives them full story on what is going on in his life, because he isn’t showing the sense of loss everyone expects him to.

Davis finds himself getting obsessed with fixing things that are broken by taking them apart, which leaves a string of broken appliances, but soon he starts having conversations with a customer service agent Karen (Watts) who was moved by his letters.

As Davis connects more with Karen the two start to get into a relationship as Davis looks to rebuild his life and move on with everything.

 

Thoughts on Demolition

 

Characters/PerformanceDavis is a successful banker who life get turned upside down, he struggles with the loss of his wife which finds him determined to just destroy things that need to be fixed which puts his current life in danger of going off course. Karen is the single mother that befriends Davis once he starts complaining about his experience with the vending machine. She is undecided where she wants her life to go but sees something in Davis that she wants to help. Phil is the father-in-law and boss that wants help him but is getting tired of his destructive nature.

Performance wise, Jake Gyllenhaal is great in this leading role carrying the film with his performance, Naomi Watt is great in the supporting role with Chris Cooper who always gives us good performances.

StoryThe story here focuses on one man dealing with the loss of his wife, we see how he enters into a strange reason of just wanting to break stuff to get through the grief. This is a strange way to vision this but it clearly the best way to show us how difficult it would be to lose a loved one.

SettingsEach setting shows us just how difficult the life Davis is now living through which is important for us to see.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good drama about grief and dealing with it all in your own way, it does show how difficult it can be but how important it can be to let someone go through it in their own way.

 

Overall: Nicely placed drama that went slightly under the radar.

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Killing Joan (2018)

Director: Todd Bartoo

Writer: Todd Bartoo (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Teo Celigo, Erik Aude, David Carey Foster, Daniel Gardner

 

Plot: An enforcer for the mob enacts her revenge on those who wronged her.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: The Death Wish We Wanted in 2018

 

Story: Killing Joan starts as we meet Joan (Bernadette) a ruthless enforcer for the mob that leads her own squad including Miles (Aude) and Henry (Basco) doing the work for Frank (Foster). Joan’s temper leads her to make mistakes which are not respected by the rest of the gang which leads to her betrayed by her own gang.

Left for dead Joan seems to gain a supernatural ability as her quest for revenge goes after the ones near and dear that left her for dead, with her ex-boyfriend Anthony (Celigo) being the only support, Joan aims to clean up the streets on the ones she once worked for.

 

Thoughts on Killing Joan

 

Characters – Joan is an enforcer for the mob, she is strict, has an attitude, but is fair to the people she is collecting from. When she is left for dead, she returns with new gifts that make her a force to be reckoned with on her revenge mission. This is a strong female leading role which we often see a male performer take on. Anthony is the ex-girlfriend of Joan’s he works in a youth housing for the homeless he is opposite to Joan and becoming a problem for the gang she works for. He offers the help she needs after what happens to her which only leads him to become her biggest weakness. Frank runs the gang with Miles, Henry being part of it, there are your typical gangsters which will get what they want at any means.

PerformancesJamie Bernadette is the star of this movie, she gives us the strong ass kicking female lead and runs with it, to become the star o the movie. When you dive into the rest of the performances they are good without being on the same level as Bernadette’s.

StoryThe story is a revenge movie which follows the one character that wants revenge after being betrayed by the mob she is part off. This is a story we know where most of the turns can come and go, but this film does offer us another spin on this again with supernatural elements. While this is an enjoyable watch, it does feel like it is split in two at times, the opening is a crime action film the second half gives us the horror story and opens doors for the story you didn’t see coming.

Action/Crime/Horror The action is the combat sequences you would imagine for this style of movie, but as all the good ones the final one is the stand out, the whole film is centred in the crime world with the horror offering a supernatural twist to the revenge movie.

SettingsThe settings are the normal for a crime movie, we have back allies, abandoned warehouses to make sure no one will see dealings.

Special EffectsThe effects are very impressive for a low budget movie, they have a feel of something we hadn’t seen with the supernatural elements that are given to Joan.


Scene of the Movie –
The new powers.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The gangsters are not the most interesting or original.

Final ThoughtsThis is a revenge movie that you are going to enjoy because of the different direction the movie ends up going in.

 

Overall: With Death Wise coming out this year, the revenge movie is going to be getting attention, this is one you will need to be watching.

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