7.5/10 First, I'm a huge fan of Jason Stratham (Transporter, Expendables). In the Mechanic, he is the consummate hit man, Arthur Bishop. This film is somewhat of a remake of the Bronson film from 1972. He trains Steve Mckenna, the son of his mentor, Donald Sutherland, to enter the murder for hire trade. After a few successful hits, they start looking for Steve's father's killers. The film is directed by Simon West (Con Air), and he does an admirable job, yet the film lacks real pizzazz.
Stratham is good as usual, but not as good as he has been in other films. For me, it was an enjoyable hour and a half, but certainly didn't blow me away. Worth a rental, but glad I didn't see it in the theaters for $10.