Movie Review: The Mechanic (2011)

I love Jason Statham, you love Jason Statham, everybody loves Jason Statham. And if anyone says that he/she doesn’t like it, then he/she is either lying or has no soul. Dude’s awesome.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Mechanic”.

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a mechanic. No, he doesn’t fix cars, he kills people for a living. Not sure why they couldn’t just call it a hitman, but that is a discussion for a different day. Anyhow, one day he is approached by a young man (Ben Foster) who wants to to what Bishop does. So Bishop takes this young man under his wing, teaching him the ways of the mechanic hitman. So now we have our plot. And is it any good? I wouldn’t call it bad, just really messy. My main problem with it is that it switches tones all over the place, making it feel very inconsistent. In one scene we have our fun Statham action-thriller, and in the next it has a more somber tone, and this tonal shift happens several times throughout the movie, making it feel very messy. The initial setup in the plot is actually quite interesting, and it does take a few interesting turns at times. So overall it is… fine, just really messy.

The characters in this range from interesting to meh. Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop is exactly how you’d imagine him, stoic and serious, but that is also what Statham does best, and he’s really good in the role. Ben Foster as Statham’s protégé, Steve, isn’t let loose as much as he usually is in movies. I’m not holding it against the movie, just saying it. His character is actually kind of interesting for reasons I will not get into here, but let’s just say that he has some okay motivation behind him. And Foster is really good in the role. Tony Goldwyn pops up a couple times in the movie as what I’d call Statham’s employer, and he’s good in the role… bland character, fine performance. Donald Sutherland shows up briefly too, and he’s good… he’s always good. So yeah, overall it’s a well acted movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Mark Isham and I think he did a good job with it. Sure, there’s nothing particularly original or memorable with what he composed, but it is overall well composed and it worked for the movie quite well. There are also a couple of licensed tracks used in throughout and they’re used pretty well.

This movie was directed by Simon West, a man who I know for two things: Dumb action and… no, wait, that’s about it. And I think he did a pretty good job here. His directing for the most part flows fine and and overall looks pretty good. In some of the action scenes there is a bit of shaky-cam, but not enough to completely ruin it for me. But for the most part the action works and is pretty enjoyable. And while not a major problem, I still have to mention that the blood effects at times looked really bad. It wasn’t often that I spotted it, but when I did… yikes.

This movie hasn’t been very well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 52% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 49/100. Roger Ebert gave it 2/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10.

“The Mechanic” isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either. It has an okay plot, okay characters, really good performances, pretty good music, and good directing. However, it is of course brought down by the messy plot, lack of interesting characters, and occasional shaky-cam. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Mechanic” is a 7,34/10. While flawed as hell, I’d still say that it’s worth renting.

My review of “The Mechanic” is now completed.

Well, at least we now know that Ben Foster can rock a flat cap…

Movie Review: The Accountant (2016)

Mental health. While not always the easiest thing to discuss, it’s something that NEEDS to be talked about. There are all kinds of mental health issues out there and I feel like we need to find ways understand them and help the people with them get through it. They’re people… so they deserve all the respect and support they can get.

Ladies and gentlemen… “The Accountant”.

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is an autistic accountant who cooks the books for some really bad people. And when an accounting clerk named Dana (Anna Kendrick) discovers a discrepancy involving millions of dollars, Christian has to uncook those books and see what the hell all of that is about. And as Christian is uncooking these books he starts discovering what’s up with those numbers and shit starts getting real. We also get a good look into Christian’s past, which helps develop the plot further, giving it more depth. So now we have a thriller with a really intriguing mystery and some surprising drama. Seeing Christian through various stages of his life was really fascinating, with him having autism and also having been through some shit, now doing his job and such as an adult, it’s all quite interesting. It’s slow-paced, but it’s not boring… it is simply a really interesting plot.

What I appreciate about this movie is that it takes it’s time to develop the characters. Most modern action-thrillers don’t really do that, so it was qutie refreshing to see it here. Ben Affleck plays Christian Wolff, the titular accountant. Like I said earlier, Christian is autistic, but he’s also gone through some shit that has given him a very particular set of skills. And Affleck gives a terrific performance, really dedicating himself to the role. Anna Kendrick plays Dana, the young woman who notices the discrepency in the numbers, and she was really good in the role. J.K. Simmons plays Ray King, an agent from the Treasury Department, and he’s great in the role. Jon Bernthal plays a hitman in the movie and he is great. We also get a bit of John Lithgow in the movie, and he’s really good. Really, there are no bad performances in this movie.

The score for the movie was composed by Mark Isham and it wass pretty damn good. It was tense, exciting, and just overall fit the scenes very well. There were also a few songs in there. Like song-songs, not score-songs. Anyhow, they worked very well in the scenes they were in.

This movie was directed by Gavin O’Connor and I think he did a really good job. The shots overall look really good and he manages to create a lot of tension and drama with his directing. And while the action isn’t the main focus of the movie, it is still here and we should talk about it… so how is the action here? Pretty damn good. Sure, there is a short bit where the camera shakes a lot. But it’s just for a very short bit, so it doesn’t really take away from the movie. Now for the rest of the action here, it is badass, tense, and really exciting. Like “Bourne”, but not shaky. You can clearly see the violence, and I love that.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 52% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 51/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10.

“The Accountant” is not only an exciting thriller, but also a surprisingly solid character study. It has a really good plot, really good characters, great performances, great music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “The Accountant” is a 9,65/10. This means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “The Accountant” is now completed.

I’m not saying that the depiction of autism is 100% accurate, but it’s definitely better than in most Hollywood movies.

Movie Review: Blade (1998)

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How come we never see any R-rated Marvel movies these days? Sure, PG-13 is generally more profitable, but there are a lot of properties that could benefit from being rated R. The closest we’ve gotten to an R-rated Marvel movie in recent years was “Daredevil” and that wasn’t even a movie, it was a TV-show. I’m just saying, give an R-rated movie a try Marvel. If you do, I will give you all the money.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Blade”.

The titular character Blade (Wesley Snipes) is a peculiar man. Not only does he dress like someone who has seen “The Matrix” a few too many times, but he is also half-human half-vampire. And with the help of an old man named Abraham Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) he hunts and kills vampires. At the time of the movie he is specifically looking for a vampire named Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), while also having to keep a young doctor (N’Bushe Wright) safe. The premise is simple, but the execution of it could definitely be better. Would I call the story interesting? Not really. While I was entertained the whole way through, I never felt invested in the story itself which is a bit of a shame.

Where the story was meh at best, the characters make up for it (sort of). First off, Wesley Snipes as Blade is pretty much as badass as you can get. He also gives a really good performance. I’ve never been a big fan of Stephen Dorff, not that I hate him, I jsut haven’t been a big fan of him as an actor before. But I thought he was really good as this vampire, villain, man. N’Bushe Wright, never heard of her before, but she was great. Then we have Kris Kristofferson who in my opinion stole the show. Sure, I was a fan of him before I saw “Blade”, but he was still great in this movie. He also has the best line out of everyone. I’m not gonna say what it is, but I think you might know what I mean if you’ve seen the movie.

The score for “Blade” was composed by Mark Isham and it is actually pretty great. It is one of those scores that can work for two types of things. Number one is for an action movie, like this one. The second thing is at big, loud parties. Okay, only parts of the score works for parties, but what I mean is that it for the most part if fast-paced and energetic. Perfect for this movie.

This movie was directed by Stephen Norrington who also made “League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”… I see that we are good hands (sarcasm). Jokes aside, he did a really good job directing this movie, the shots look great and he managed to pace it perfectly. What else can I talk about here… oh yeah, the action! It is fierce, brutal and fucking awesome. You can see what’s happening, you see people do real stunts and oh my god Wesley Snipes can move! Yeah, Wesley Snipes did all of his own stuff in this movie which is awesome! What I have to complain a little about though is the CGI in this movie. Now to be fair, there isn’t as much CGI as one might think, but when it is there you sure as hell notice it. And it’s not good that you notice it, because it is awful. I mean, we got “Jurassic Park” five years before this came out and that CGI is still amazing. So how come the CG in this movie is this god awful? *Sigh*.

This movie has gotten some mixed reception. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 54% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 45/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,1/10.

“Blade” is a movie that really is more style over substance. While the story is meh, the characters are entertaining and well-acted, the music is great, the directing is really good and the action is amazing. However it also has shitty CGI. Time for my final score. *Vampire hissing* *Markus kills vampire, takes envelope*. My final score for “Blade” is an 8,97/10. I think it’s worth buying.
Worth buying

“Blade” is now reviewed.

“Blade” vs “Twilight”, make it fucking happen!