Double Feature: "The Rite" & "The Mechanic"

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February 8, 2011 by DJ Elroy

Caught a couple of movies over the past few weeks but haven’t had much time to sit down to share my thoughts… But since neither of these will last long at the box office I figured I’d better get it done before they’re gone…

First was “The Rite” with Anthony Hopkins and Colin O’Donoghue. Based on the book of the same name (and “actual events”), it was billed as a horror film but was pretty tame by today’s standards. There were a few “jump” moments but the movie wasn’t built around them. I’d say more of a thriller, but no, not really that either because the overall story was pretty predictable. I knew where it was going… Exorcism films have been done before; there’s not much new ground here.

So was it any good?

Sure. The acting was solid, the premise interesting, the ambience perfect, and the final product had a nice polished. It won’t win any awards, but it’s still worth picking up on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it yet, you probably won’t find it in theaters. Don’t go in expecting anything shit-your-pants scary; this is something more thought-provoking. Can one deny the existance of God if you beleive in the Devil?

Next up was “The Mechanic” starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster. It’s a modern-day version of the 1972 film with Charles Bronson as the lead. The premise: Ace hit man Arthur Bishop is double-crossed, but by whom? He needs to figure it out before he gets killed himself. And to add new problems to an already full plate he takes on a protege… Can’t say much more than that. The story isn’t too deep, but there are a few twists I don’t want to ruin.

It’s a Statham film. You can expect plenty of action, fun violence, and clever situations. Don’t take it too seriously. It’s great entertainment and intentionally over-the-top, so check your brain at the door.

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