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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mechanic: Resurrection is the disappointing sequel to the 2011 Jason Statham action movie The Mechanic (which itself was a remake of an old Charles Bronson movie). It's slightly less brutally violent -- the violence here feels more cartoonish -- but still includes lots of killings and beatings via guns, knives, grenades, blunt objects, and other weapons, as well as scenes of violence against women. Blood is shown gushing and pooling. Sex is also tamer here than in the first movie: The main characters kiss, and viewers see an implied sex scene, but there's no nudity (mainly kissing in underwear while lying on a bed). Language is strong, with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t." And there's a little social drinking.
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What's the story?
Following the events of The Mechanic (2011), MECHANIC: RESURRECTION tells the story of Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), who is now retired and living under the radar in Rio. Unfortunately, he's found and asked to take on a new job: killing three men. Arthur refuses and disappears to Thailand; there, he meets Gina (Jessica Alba), who's subsequently kidnapped, forcing Arthur to do the killings after all. The first one, inside a prison, goes off without a hitch. And the second, in a swimming pool perched on the side of a high-rise building, is easy. On the third, Arthur recognizes an opportunity to turn the tables -- but can he face his deadliest foe, Crain (Sam Hazeldine), and still rescue Gina?
Is it any good?
It's difficult for anyone involved to sell this weakly plotted, emotionally empty sequel as anything more than a lazy cash-grab. With the exception of one intense set-piece, it's even visually inept. Mechanic: Resurrection begins by asking us to believe that Bishop would, after years of perfecting his hit man persona, suddenly fall in love with Gina, even after she's been used as a patsy to catch him. Her kidnapping is cinematically bungled, with many obvious cheats.
The fight scenes are awful, with director Dennis Gansel whipping the camera every which way, editing erratically, and ruining any choreography or training that Statham might have done. With the action undone, there isn't much left to care about. Not even an actor of co-star Tommy Lee Jones' ilk can convey that he's here for any reason other than a paycheck. Only the swimming pool murder is momentarily suspenseful and distracting. It's too bad the rest of the movie couldn't have been that good.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Mechanic: Resurrection's violence. How much of it is necessary to the plot? Do you think any of it is gratuitous? Does exposure to violent media desensitize kids to violence?
What role do women play in the story? Do the female characters have a say in what happens to them? Why is that important?