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.
The reason clichés become clichés is that they are rooted in truth. In Brooklyn’s Finest, director Antoine Fuqua [Training Day] and screenwriter Michael C. Mann attempt to see through the clichés to the truth that lies beneath. They are only partially successful.
The film follows three cops – about to be retired Eddie [Richard Gere], overwhelmed family man Sal [Ethan Hawke] and undercover cop Tango [Don Cheadle] – through a few very pressure packed days in the worst part of the most crime ridden precinct in Brooklyn.