The Mechanic is an updated take on the Charles Bronson film of the same name. It is beautifully and, frequently, elegantly shot and mixes enough father/son dynamics that, with a bit of imagination, elements of Hamlet can be seen in it. That, the intriguing take on a mentor/apprentice approach to revenge flicks, and the presence of stalwart Jason Statham and the brilliant Ben Foster are enough to warrant checking it out – though it isn’t quite the classic it could’ve been.
Faster opens with a glowering Driver [Dwayne Johnson] being cuffed and escorted to the warden’s office. From Driver’s perspective, the warden’s words slowly fade away into nothingness. Once out of prison, he begins to run, pausing to pick up a car [a pimped out Chevelle SS] and stopping only as long as it takes to kill people. Which people? In this fast-paced, efficient vengeance flick, that information is doled out by a judicious use of flashbacks, photos and, occasionally [very little] dialogue.
CBS Films makes its debut with Extraordinary Measures, a fact-based [if compressed and composited]tale that follows a family where two of the three children have Pompe Disease [a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy] and a curmudgeonly scientist who is persuaded to move from pure research to developing a treatment for the disease.