Even diehard action movie fans would be forgiven for skipping 2011’s The Mechanic, an awful remake of a barely-passable 1970s Charles Bronson action thriller. Jason Statham starred in the remake in the Bronson role opposite Ben Foster, and while I really like both of those guys, they couldn’t do anything with the terrible script they were given and director Simon West didn’t do the film any favors in the style department. But now The Playlist is reporting that a sequel is in the works called Mechanic: Resurrection (you’ve gotta be kidding me), it’s scheduled for release on January 22, 2016, and Statham is coming back to reprise his role once again.
Why would you do this, Jason Statham? This sounds like one of those terrible direct-to-video sequels that you’d see somebody like Dean Cain or Casper Van Dien star in, and back when video stores were a thing, this would be one with a ridiculous cover that would suddenly appear on the shelves without anyone ever hearing about it before. You’re above this now, JS. You’ve paid your dues. You’ve done terrible sequels already – remember Transporter 3? – so there’s no need to go back to this joke of a character. Here’s the official plot synopsis:
Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 global hit. When someone from his past forces him back into the business, Bishop has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
Sounds like the most bland sort of “we’ve seen this hundreds of times before” nonsense you could dream up. German director Dennis Gansel is directing this time around, and it looks to be his English language debut. We’ll see if he can at least bring some interesting visual flair to this sequel, because the plot sounds incredibly tedious. And my God, that title…Mechanic: Resurrection? Are you serious? I can’t get over that. Wow. Jason Statham. Dude. You’re in Furious 7. You don’t have to do crap like this any more.
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