|THE MECHANIC (director: Michael Winner; screenwriter: Lewis John Carlino; cinematographer: Richard Kline; editor: Freddie Wilson; music: Jerry Fielding; cast: Charles Bronson (Arthur Bishop), Keenan Wynn (Harry), Jan-Michael Vincent (Steve McKenna), Jill Ireland (The Girl), Linda Ridgeway (Louise), Frank de Kova (Man), Lindsay Crosby ; Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: PG; producers: Robert Chartoff/Irwin Winkler/Lewis John Carlino; United Artists; 1972)|
|"A flashy crime thriller about a
mechanic, in underworld slang that's a
professional contract killer."
by Dennis Schwartz
is the first Hollywood film of the veteran British
filmmaker Michael Winner ("Parting
Shots"/"The Wicked Lady"/"The Jokers"). He efficiently
helms a flashy crime thriller about a mechanic, in
underworld slang that's a professional contract
killer. Screenwriter Lewis John Carlino deadens
all the violence by over-plotting and straining
credibility. Nevertheless it works if action and
violence is your thing.
Bronson plays the aging super-cool Hollywood hills
resident, living in luxury. He's the son of a gang
leader executed, who still is connected to the Mafia
as a hit man. The loner lives a quiet
life-jogging, practicing karate and flying a plane.
Planning the hits to look like accidents is
Bronson's specialty. Jan-Michael Vincent plays
his admiring wealthy young punk protege. Jill Ireland
(Bronson's real-life wife) passes for a prostitute,
who tries to get Bronson aroused. Through their
floundering relationship we're left wondering if the
failed playboy could be hiding his homosexuality.
episodic pic is steeped in car and motorcycle chases,
mindless set-piece shootings, hippies milling around
and various explosions. I never found it interesting,
but its noise kept me awake. What adds greatly to
one's viewing pleasure are the inviting
location photography in downtown Los Angeles and
REVIEWED ON 6/10/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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