As unexpected sequels go, this doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Mechanic: Resurrection follows up 2011’s The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson classic about a conflicted hitman whose specialty is making his murders look like accidental deaths. 5 years after being forced to kill his partner, Statham’s Arthur Bishop is retired from the business and living anonymously with the love of his life, Gina (Jessica Alba), in a very remote locale. He’s forced back into the game when Gina is kidnapped by a shadowy cartel who demands he pull off three assassinations. Naturally, this being Jason Statham at his most Statham-esque, Bishop rejects those terms and opts instead to go after the kidnappers, teaming up with one of the men on his hit list, played by an extremely game Tommy Lee Jones.
The footage shown off in the official trailer conjures up everything from the Mission Impossible series to John Wick, but it trades very, very heavily on Statham’s association with the monster Fast and Furious franchise, right down to a rap song with lyrics like “can I ride or die/hands raised/can I testify” that would slide right into the soundscape of Fast 5, 6, or 7. Tommy Lee Jones’ laconic delivery of lines like “that’s because he’s sitting right in front of me here in the safe. room. jackoff” isn’t bad either. But the important thing is that it takes place in a world where a woman casually refers to her live-in boyfriend/love of her life strictly by his last name, a fun throwback to the 80s-era of action films Statham has spent much of his career reviving. Sold.
Directed by Dennis Gansel from a script by Philip Shelby and Tony Mosher, the film also stars Chinese action legend Michelle Yeoh. It hits (get it?) theaters August 26.