First Trailer for MECHANIC: RESURRECTION Starring Jason Statham

Anyone remember the Jason Statham flick from five years ago where he played one of his many hit man characters with the twist that in this flick his character teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims. No? Well it was called The Mechanic and apparently it made enough money to justify a sequel because we're getting one in a couple of months. The original, produced by CBS films, only made $62 million worldwide on a $40 million budget so it must have done well on home video and with its television rights as $22 million minus the marketing costs doesn't exactly signal that audiences were clamoring for more. With Lionsgate and Summit co-producing this sequel though I imagine they have kept the budget low and with the movie opening in August and the promotional campaign just now kicking into high gear I also imagine they did the same with that marketing budget. Still, there is a sleekness and rather expensive looking quality to the visuals we get in this first trailer as Statham has returned as Arthur Bishop as he tries to put his murderous past behind him, but naturally has to return for one last job when his most formidable foe kidnaps the love of his life. The original film was directed by action veteran Simon West (Con Air) and penned by a two-man writing team that included the original screenwriter from the 1972 Charles Bronson version from which the 2001 version was adapted, but this sequel sees none of that creative team returning. Instead, a few writers with few to no credits have been enlisted as has a director who has little more than what seem to be direct to video offerings in his filmography. These credentials combined with the addition of Jessica Alba don't exactly boost confidence in a Mechanic sequel being any good, but Statham doing his thing and Tommy Lee Jones going all out for the first time in a long time is enough to get me interested. Mechanic: Resurrection also stars Michelle Yeoh, Natalie Burn, Sam Hazeldine, and opens on August 26th, 2016.

Synopsis: Arthur Bishop [Jason Statham] returns as the Mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman [Jessica Alba] force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.

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