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TV show review: CONTINUUM season 4


DVD Review By David Blackwell


DETAILS:  93 minutes, extended scenes, featurette, previews

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English, English SDH, Spanish


STUDIO:   CBS Films/ Millennium Films/ NuImage Films/ CBS Home Entertainment/ SPHE

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  1-28-2011

DVD RELEASE DATE:  5-17-2011


STARRING Jason Statham (Arthur Bishop), Ben Foster (Steve McKenna), Tony Goldwyn (Dean), Donald Sutherland (Harry McKenna), Mimi Anden (Sarah)

WRITTEN by Richard Wenk (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay and story)

re-imagining of THE MECHANIC (1972)

DIRECTED by Simon West

Arthur Bishop is a mechanic.  He fixes problems and gets rid of people (and slip out with ease).  His job is to make assassinations looks like accidents.   He takes the son of his mentor as an apprentice after the mentor is killed.  Arthur finds sometimes doing the right thing is more complicated as he finds out not everything is as simple as it seems.


THE MECHANIC is an action film in the usual Jason Statham style.  Simon West can direct action scenes.  He will never be a visionary director like Ridley Scott or James Cameron, or a visual director like Jean Pierre-Jeunet.   Simon is an action director.   Sometimes, he is flashy and some would consider him a cinematic trash type of director.   Jason Statham raises the action scenes to another level.   He is an action star and one wishes he would have bigger pictures to star in.    THE BANK JOB proves Jason can really act and not just be good in action scenes.


 It shows cities like New Orleans in different ways from each character involved (you see Orleans like a fever dream through one character while you see New Orleans as a rich cultured city through Bishop (who wants to remain unnoticed)).  


 Jason Statham shows his oh-so-cool attitude that follows him from character to character.  Ben Foster isn't an actor to laugh at either since he proved himself in the under watched PANDORUM (which more people should see this sci-fi cult gem).   Ben Foster shows a reckless person who finds purpose only to still be a little reckless.   Wait until what happens when he finds out who Bishop was responsible for killing.  THE MECHANIC transforms from a cool action film to a revenge film.   THE MECHANIC is a little over-the-top in a joyous cinematic action way.   It is one of those films for an action junkie on action film diet.



Five extended scenes show some bits that were wisely cut (like the alternate ending to the opening sequence) while others provide extra character bits (like the conversation between Arthur and the woman he pays to sleep with).


TOOLS OF THE TRADE is an eight minute featurette is a promotional featurette that mostly focuses on the filming of a couple of stunt sequences which the actors did themselves (Ben Foster jumped off the building despite his fear of heights).  I wish they had an audio commentray track for this film though or more on how they filmed the action sequences.


FINAL ANALYSIS:   THE MECHANIC is your usual Jason Statham action film.  Enjoy it for what it is and enjoy the action.


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