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MECHANIC: RESURRECTION Awakens With Its First Still From Dennis Gansel's Sequel
Don't write off actor Jason Statham just yet. He may not be "transporting" anymore, but the 2011 release of Simon West's adaptation of Michael Winner's 1972 Charles Bronson action classic, The Mechanic, boasted high marks of its own at the box office for a worthy sequel as of late 2014, which still very much makes this one prospective of its own success.
Said sequel now comes in the form of Summit Entertainment's Mechanic: Resurrection, having recently undergone extensive reshoots in the last several months. As such, with a release of date reset from this past January to August 26, 2016, the first image can be seen below. (H/T ComingSoon.net).
Dennis Gansel directs from a script by Philip Shelby, Tony Mosher, Rachel Long and Brian Pittman. Featuring action sequences by J.J. Perry (The Expendables 3) and Allan Poppleton (Allan Poppleton), the new film sees Statham returning as master assassin Arthur Bishop following the events of the first film. Having thought to have moved on with his new life, he's now forced to take out a list of the world's most dangerous men in order to resuce the woman he loves from captivity.
Statham is joined by Jessica Alba in the photo while actress Michelle Yeoh and actor Tommy Lee Jones also star.
When I first heard about The Foreigner back in the halcyon days of 2015, I was puzzled as to why anyone would agree to make it; it was a Jackie Chan movie, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale), also starring Pierce Brosnan (Goldeneye)! This sounded like the worst idea for a movie since a Pacific Rim sequel not directed by Guillermo del Toro. Now, in defense of 2015 me, things weren't exactly bright and sunny for the three names above. Chan, still trying to hold onto his glory days, was making big budget duds like Chinese Zodiac and Skiptrace. Campbell was nearly 10 years removed from Casino Royale and was also recovering from the recent Green Lantern debacle. As for Brosnan, he was still reeling from the shockingly dull The November Man and the forgotten film Survivor. There was absolutely NO REASON for this movie to be any good, which is what made the act of seeing it such a pleasant surprise.
Ngoc Minh Quan (Jackie Chan) is a retired Vietnam War special forces oper…
Having extensively covered Universal Pictures's famed Fast franchise, this week's latest bit of coverage has to be the closest I've come. It's primarily attributed to the forthcoming live show which kicks off in London in January and obviously with a film saga so action packed, of course it's going to need a crew of some very talented stunt performers to take to task the very feats attendees can expect.
For this, it is with great pleasure to have been able to share an auspicious chat with Adam Brashaw, someone whose work thusfar in stunts, film and television have been all but impressive. He's only appeared in The Hit List a few times having done three shortfilms (two of which I have seen), and you need only to see the results for yourself apart from his exceptional work reel just above.
Brashaw is going nine years strong in his field with multiple credits to his name, including at least one upcoming film project which he discusses a bit about later in this in…
I still plan on catching Magnet's U.S. release of Miike Takashi's hit manga adaptation, Blade Of The Immortal next month. Folks in the U.K. still have a bit of a wait though and in all likelihood it won't stall any excitement that has already been drawn from the rave press reviews in the last six months, including this month at Sitges. Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
Arrow Films is releasing the film theatrically on December 8. The trailer looks something a bit similar from the international pitch from months earlier but still delivers the desired effect. Enjoy, and set the date!