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THE MECHANIC's Red Band Trailer is a movie I want to see!

Hey folks, Harry here with a pretty killer trailer for the remake to the rather awesome Charles Bronson original.   Now I love me some Jason Statham, but he's a different kind of onscreen badass than Bronson.   Bronson's eyes did everything.   The creases in his face.   There was a tired brutality to him.   And that brutality was often implied.   Statham is about physicality and wit.   You don't get quiet consideration with him, you get sweat & blood.   And I'm fine with that, and from looking at this Red-Band trailer - you can already see the differences in the adaptation of material - and I'm excited as all hell to do tequila shots with this film.   Right?   Doesn't that feel like the right inebriant of choice with this flick?   Here ya go...

here's Bronson's original trailer - don't they both look like movies you'd want to see?

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  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Both look cool to me... though nothing quite beats Bronson


    What do you think of the RedBand MECHANIC trailer with Jason Statham?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Come on, Harry, this looks terrible.

    by Stifler's Mom

    Must you see EVERYTHING?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Ben Foster as a sidekick

    by bubstersaddles

    He's a great character actor. He needs to start getting some leading roles!

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    The theatrical trailer that you posted...

    by mansuper

    For the Charles Bronson version of this film made absolutely no sense. I had no idea what the movie was supposed to be about after watching it.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:22 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Good to see Statham in what looks to be a very good action flick as opposed to the dreck he ussually signs up for. I saw the original as a kid-cold-knew nothing save for it was a Sat and needed something to do. Man, it was one of the top 5 Bronson flicks (He did his share of crap too). This looks over the top in a good way.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Original is Cool!

    by fix_it_in_post

    Love that film! It has a very cool opening sequence. Not a line of dialogue is spoken for like a dozen minutes. Everything told purely through visuals. It's a scene that should be studied

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST

    that looks like fun. statham is the shit

    by yabory

    and it was filmed in Nola, can't go wrong with that.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:03 p.m. CST

    Michael Winner rules

    by Sunhawk7

    There was something about the original Mechanic in its tone, pacing, music and of course Bronson's presence. Of course, I was a kid and saw it in the theater and it was one of the stand out Bronson movies of the early 70's for me until Death Wish hit. I still love the scene of Charlie climbing aboard that boat at dawn in that black wetsuit. There is just some classic imagery in that movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    I'm supposed to buy SCREECH as...

    by Malebolgia

    a badass now?, FUUCCCCKKK YOUUUUU!!!

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:28 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    I don't know if you were being serious or not, but that is not Screech from Saved by the Bell. How dare you insult Ben Foster like that.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST


    by fix_it_in_post

    Funny comment..he does look a little like Screech. Foster's a really good actor though, I suggest you check out the film "The Messenger", he is fantastic in that and he puts Screech to shame.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST

    Was that an exceptionally young Jan Michael Vincent...?

    by King_Knut

    Awesome. Definitely checking out the original. Maybe the remake too.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    How come

    by CreatureCantina

    The supervillains who hire the best assassins in the world ALWAYS betray them? Such an old, tired plotline...

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Foster is a good actor...

    by eustisclay

    ...besides the Messenger, he plays a badass in Hostage, 3:10 to Yuma, and especially Alpha Dog. He doesn't strike me as a tough guy to look at him, but in alpha dog, he terrorizes a whole room full of partygoers, some of them some pretty big guys. But he's a good enough actor than he had me convinced. And while the original trailer is vague, that's how movie trailers used to be. I rmember years ago, trailers like The Exorcist and The godrather were nothing more than a black title card with a voiceover saying "The Godfather is now a movie". You really didn't need much more than that. Todays trailers seem more like Castle Film(remember them?) versions.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I will Netflix queue this to see that chick ride em cowboy...

    by Toruk_Makto

    aside from that...meh.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    You can Netflix Queue the original right now.

    by Bob

    Had it in my instant streaming q after reading about this remake. It's pretty cool. Def not "meh".

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I know its a red band trailer and all

    by Ogmios_the_Eloquent

    but, as much as i enjoy sex scenes in movies, that snipet in the trailer made the whole thing look desperate.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:35 a.m. CST

    uberman , you are kidding right?

    by pw

    Looks like all the other shit he has signed up for. If you like the guy, nothing wrong with that. But it looks like transporter 4 to me.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    I'll do that darth.

    by Toruk_Makto

    I'm banking your right that it's better than this remake.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:45 a.m. CST

    After watching the red band, I actually want to see it now...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    The original trailer (for the remake) sucked. The Bronson version was pretty good, but Jan Michael Vincent was so terrible in it, his performance alone prevented it from achieving greatness.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Looks like a theater flick

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    there's some movies that should just be seen in the theater in full thx and this looks like one of them for sure.eustisclay i agree withyou about foster that kid can act.that scene in alpha dog was crazy and beleivable.i'd liketo see statham get back to some solid charachter acting then constant barage of action flix.Jesus how stupid was crank 2?i still think his role as turkish in snatch was one of the best ever.he fucking cracked me up the whole movie with the sarcastic english wit

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST

    If you doubt Statham's acting chops...

    by LaneMyersClassic

    and let's face it, at this point you either like him or you don't - rent "The Bank Job". The film seems to have been marketed to capture his action status demographic. The DVD cover doesn't really fit the film.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:54 a.m. CST

    Foster > JMV

    by LaneMyersClassic

    Definitely an improvement there. He was awesome in 3:10 to Yuma.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Jason Statham is usually terrible.

    by buggerbugger

    Ben Foster is usually brilliant. I can't stand the confusion in my mind.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 7:27 a.m. CST

    As with all remakes, I ask the same question

    by HongKongCavalier


  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I want me some of that! And Foster is shaping up nicely. I first noticed him as a fucked up druggie in some lame Bruce Willis film which he more than stood out in, then he was stone cold in 3.10 to Yuma. I'll give him a pass for the shite-fest that was X3.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST

    Hell yeah!!

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I want me some of that! And Foster is shaping up nicely. I first noticed him as a fucked up druggie in some lame Bruce Willis film which he more than stood out in, then he was stone cold in 3.10 to Yuma. I'll give him a pass for the shite-fest that was X3.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Saw a TV spot for this

    by Reckoner

    and I actually want to see it. Looks, cool, old-fashioned and the pairing of Statham and Foster looks inspired. Foster brings a magnetism and charisma just from the trailer. Looks fun.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Best Reason For Remakes

    by Hipshot

    (other than money, always a factor with studios) is that actors and directors are hungry for good roles. Stage actors and directors don't just seek new plays--they look at old plays and think: "boy, I'd love to do my interpretation of that." I see no reason to believe screen actors/directors are some totally different breed. Take money totally out of the equation, and they'd STILL remake old favorite movies. Re-telling old stories has been a part of human culture since the beginning.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Original trailer makes no sense...isn't really a trailer

    by detectivesoap

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Very insightful comment hipshot

    by PJM

    "Stage actors and directors don't just seek new plays--they look at old plays and think: "boy, I'd love to do my interpretation of that." - I never heard that argument before, thank you.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by Amfpsych

    Is a great young actor.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Charles Bronson is awesome

    by quicksilver80

    But that trailer doesn't make any sense...

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    revenge, sidekick, blah blah blah . . .

    by kabong

    At the end, they'll probably ride off into the sunset working for the government. Hollyweird, could you produce something tough? No? No, apparently not. Same old weakness, same old softness.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Haven't heard that alarm sound effect since "Splash".

    by Croweyes1121

    That is all.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:49 a.m. CST

    That's not Screech...

    by bubstersaddles dumbass.