Straight Shootin’ with The Brain: The Mechanic: Resurrection
In this edition of Straight Shootin’ with The Brain, I’m going to talk about Mechanic: Resurrection. Mechanic: Resurrection is the sequel to the 2011 Jason Statham movie, The Mechanic, that was a remake of the Charles Bronson movie of the same name way back in 1972.
But before I get into the sequel, let’s talk Mechanic vs. Mechanic… in fact there was a time I was going to borrow a page from my colleague Mr. Cruise and write this as a VERSUS: Arthur Bishop Edition. I loved Chad’s VERSUS piece comparing and contrasting Chuck Norris and Michael Dudikoff as Matt Hunter in Invasion USA and Avenging Force respectively, but with nearly 4 decades separating The Mechanic remake from the original, it seemed like an apples to oranges comparison.
Don’t get me wrong as a devout Bronson fan, it did rub me the wrong way when Statham’s The Mechanic got a lot of “Better than the original” reviews. But I have no beef with Jason Statham. He and Bronson are very different actors and are from different generations that there’s really no way to compare the two. It is like comparing Mike Tyson to Muhammad Ali. If you grew up with Ali chances are strong he’ll win the debate, if you grew up with Tyson chances are strong he’ll win the debate. If you are an old Jewish man at the My-T-Sharp Barber Shop in Queens, you will likely pick Rocky Marciano… but I’m getting off topic.
My problem with Mechanic: Resurrection is that there is a Mechanic: Resurrection.
One of the great things about the original Mechanic was the almost Shakespearean ending. McKenna (Jan-Michael Vincent) turns on Bishop (Charles Bronson) and poisons him. Bishop dies, but suspecting McKenna might pull something like that he had a surprise waiting for McKenna and basically kills him from beyond the grave.
This isn’t some minor detail like in the original the character was a white guy named Bishop, but in the remake he’s Japanese and named Tatsu. The man’s nationality or the color of his skin are irrelevant to the story, but living instead of dying is a whole other story… LITERALLY!
Would you remake Romeo & Juliet, but secretly have Romeo drink an antidote earlier in the day to make him immune from the deadly effects of the poison, just so a few years later you could release a sequel called Romeo On The Rebound? Highly unlikely!
I realize the original was made in 1972 and it was a time where sequels were not as prevalent as they are today and have been since the 1980’s, but should there not be some respect for the original story?