THE ME­CHANIC Ac­tion/ drama/ thriller, rated MA15+, opens to­day

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

This paint-by-num­bers ac­tion flick, star­ring go-to-bad-boy Ja­son Statham ( pic­tured) is di­rected by Si­mon West of Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider fame. Statham plays Arthur Bishop, an elite hit­man - the best in his field, nat­u­rally - with a tal­ent for pro­fes­sional per­fec­tion and to­tal de­tach­ment. But when his men­tor Harry ( Don­ald Suther­land) is mur­dered, Bishop sets him­self on a course to dis­cover those re­spon­si­ble and kill them. Things get com­pli­cated when Harry’s son Steve ( Ben Fos­ter), asks Bishop to train him up so he can tackle their com­mon en­emy. As the me­thod­i­cal as­sas­sin takes his young and im­pul­sive ap­pren­tice deeper into his world, the pair soon dis­cover ( as ev­ery good hit­man should) they can trust no one.

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