I am a huge Jan-Michael Vincent fan.
He played the role of Steve, with Charles Bronson as Arthur Bishop, in the 1972 version of The Mechanic.
The film was a classic.
So that you are clear – The 1972 film is one of my favourite movies in the world.
Sometimes Hollywood should learn to leave classics alone.
I finally convinced myself to watch the remake. After all – how bad could it be?
I like Jason Statham – he’s made some good movies.
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
- The Italian Job
- The Bank Job
All movies I have liked.
And I like Donald Sutherland.
Honestly – Jason Statham really wasn’t bad in The Mechanic. But he wasn’t Charles Bronson.
Donald Sutherland wasn’t bad either. He is after all – Donald Sutherland.
But what the hell were they thinking.
Jan-Michael Vincent was chilling as Steve.
He was the perfect counterpart to Bronson’s Arthur Bishop.
Stunningly handsome and about as screwed up as you can get.
Ben Foster played the 2011 Steve as a wimp. A twisted wimp – but a wimp who shed tears…
Steve shedding tears.
Are you people crazy ????
Steve is a psychopath who has no compassion for anyone.
And that is what made the 1972 movie so compelling. Watching him play off against Arthur Bishop was riveting. All I wanted to do watching this version was give him a swift kick and tell him to grows some balls.
They also played around with other parts of the film that made it so great.
The beginning of the 1972 movie had no dialogue for over 15 minutes – it was fantastic filming.
Bishop’s relationship with the prostitute he hired to write love letters to him.
Steve’s offhand treatment of Louise (his girlfriend) when she slits her wrists.
The last mission Bishop and Steve go on together – the fact it was a set-up to kill them both.
They altered all these parts of the movie. All of them.
But what really ticked me off.
In the 1972 version, both Bishop and Steve die.
As it should be – people – as it should be.
My thinking is that they are considering a sequel – because they kept Bishop alive in this one.
I hate wasting time – which is precisely what I did when I spent the 1 hour, 28 minutes, and 31 seconds it took to get to the end of this film.
I thought about adding a clip from the 2011 version – but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.
I just couldn’t.