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I finally got around to watching The Mechanic on DVD. The original 1972 film with Charles Bronson as Arthur Bishop and Jan-Michael Vincent as Steve McKenna is among my favorites. It was a well crafted movie that I've watched several times over the years.

The remake with Jason Statham fails at several levels. Where the original spent the first fifteen minutes on methodical character development of Arthur Bishop the remake cuts directly to the hit with none of the preparation. Steve McKenna's character drinks so heavily that he shouldn't be able to stand up. He was described as a chronic screw up so it's difficult to believe that he ever had the dedication to learn and practice the fighting skills he is supposed to have in the movie. The character is inconsistent. A dope smoking booze swilling looser who decides to become a hitman? Only in Hollyweird.
 

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Always loved the ending of the original. Never try to "off" the mentor if you work as a hitman......................
 

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Now that's just not fair odds, those guys all had an advantage... skills!
 

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The Professional was excellent. Gary Oldman should get an award for playing the sociopath crooked cop.

Haven't seen the other two
 
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