Director and producer Simon West has ample experience with hardcore action thrillers. "Black Hawk Down" and "Con Air" are among his many credits. He now tries his hand at directing a remake of "The Mechanic," an old Charles Bronson hitman tale. West wisely uses Jason Statham to upgrade Bronson's role as a hired assassin training a new guy in his nasty profession.
Statham definitely adds a very buffed and harder edge to the character. He brings the story and all of its accompanying violence into the 21st century. Ben Foster is the young apprentice learning the ropes of the craft from his mentor. Donald Sutherland has a brief role as his father and a surprise target for elimination himself.
There's lots of blood-splattered action but implausible scenes abound. Multiple shoot-outs with automatic weapons occur in crowded urban settings. Somehow, the police are never involved and the bad guys can overkill each other with impunity. The gunfight scenes are technically well done. But it's lots of video-game violence with no purpose or meaning.