Mechanic: Resurrection

Featured In Issue 212, December 2016

WSR Score5
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In Mechanic: Resurrection, Arthur Bishop (Statham), an assassin who makes each of his targets' deaths look like accidents, finds his calm retirement is shattered when a former employer requires his services. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman (Alba) force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop's life is once again in danger, as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: Engineering The Sequel: Inside Mechanic: Resurrection (HD 09:55), Scoring The Action Film With Mark Isham (HD 09:01), The Malaysian Prison (HD 01:23), Michele Yeoh, Secret Ally (HD 01:15), and Statham On Stunts (HD 01:24); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy. Also available in a 4K Ultra HD version.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a warm and rich color palette that often is naturally hued. Fleshtones are often golden in hue, especially with respect to Statham and Alba during the Thailand scenes. Otherwise, fleshtones appear natural. Contrast is quite good, with visual dynamics heightened with deep blacks and bright highlights. Shadow delineation also is revealing. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially evident in detail in facial features, hair, beards, clothing, and object textures. Aerial city scenes are expansive, with a wide scope perspective. This is an exciting visual experience with effective contrasts and settings. The picture quality is quite engaging and will not disappoint fans of The Mechanic. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack features an exciting Mark Isham orchestral score. The bass foundation is intense. The music extends wide and deep, with an aggressive extension to all four surrounds and at times to height channels. But the real action is focused on the ear-level soundfield, with effective panning in the frontal soundstage and aggressive envelopment. The sound is intensely dynamic, especially during the action sequences, which are prominent throughout, Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively produced, as are the nuanced Foley effects. Gunfire, machine gunfire, explosions and all manner of mayhem energizes all the channels and is excitingly directionalized. Deep bass extends to sub-25 Hz in the .1 LFE channel and are often intense with powerful energy. Throughout, dialogue is mostly intelligible but generally wanting in spatial integration, as the dialogue is forward sounding. This is a highly dynamic-sounding soundtrack with virtually non-stop action and the effects to heighten the adrenaline levels. The music alone makes this an exciting reference soundtrack. (Gary Reber)