Mr. Movie

'The Mechanic' is mechanical, but it works

The Mechanic is a perfect title. All the moving parts are predictable.

Start the engine, warm it up, tromp on the gas pedal and go.

Roar across the finish line, roll credits.

-- Local show times, theaters, trailer.

An assassin working for a secret government agency is forced to kill his best friend and mentor. Feeling guilty, he connects with the friend’s son and trains him to enter the family business.

In this case, the family business is guns, machine guns, knives and other assassin gadgets. Toss in some explosions, a car chase or two and just the right amount of violence and, presto, The Mechanic.

The negatives and positives are mixed. The body count isn’t that high, and the violence isn’t that creative. The film could also use a sense of humor.

On the plus side, Jason Statham is a great action hero; buff, dangerous looking and doesn’t say much. He’s teamed with the exceptional Ben Foster, whose best skill is playing the loose cannon. That leads us back full circle to guns, etc.

The Mechanic is mechanical. Yes. But if this is your thing, it works.

Mr. Movie rating: 3 1/2 stars

Rated R for violence, language, nudity. It opens Friday, Jan. 28 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.