Mechanic: Resurrection

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Violent Jason Statham sequel is lazy and poorly made.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 99 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 5 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

The movie celebrates violence; there are no consequences for violence and/or murder committed by the main character.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A hired killer gets away with many brutal murders; in fact, he's rewarded for them. A female character who's kidnapped must be rescued, rather than saving herself.


Many scenes of fighting and shooting, plus stabbing and exploding grenades. A woman is abused; she has a split lip and marks/bruises on her arm. There are also scenes of a man beating her up, seen from a distance. Pooling blood, gushing blood, and bloody wounds are shown. Many dead bodies. Main character beats up a woman. A man's face is burned on a grill. A man is poisoned. Brief, spoken story about another violent act against a woman.


Sex scene (no nudity or sex acts shown). Kissing, woman fondling man's shirtless back, man fondling woman's clothed bottom. Lying on bed, more kissing. Flirting.


Several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "motherf----r," "bitch," "a--hole," "hell," "goddamn," "jack off."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer socially in more than one scene.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydarthsitkur February 23, 2017

Better than the first movie

This is the nonstop action thrill ride that the first movie should've been
Adult Written byMovies_Life August 28, 2016

Typical Action Flick

This Jason Statham movie has lots of violence and language and surprisingly not that much sexual content. The action is bullets, stabbing and hand to hand fight... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrayhang January 13, 2021

Stylish action film with good stunts and interesting plot.

When it comes to movies about kingpins and druglords, I become very inclined. So it happened with the Mechanic duology.
Violence: very violent throughout. Sort... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLuke Rambo September 9, 2020

Better than the 2011 "Mechanic" film, and cleaner, too!

Good movie, the violence was less brutal than the 2011 one, there was one sex scene but not three graphic ones like the 2011 one. No nudity, but Jessica Alba is... Continue reading

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?

  • How would you describe star Jason Statham's appeal? How does this movie compare to his others, or to the previous Mechanic movie?

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