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Mechanic: Resurrection by Mark Isham (Review)

posted Sep 20, 2016, 12:30 AM by Leo Mayr

Mechanic: Resurrection
is one of those films that nobody asked for, few people watched and even less will remember a year from now. While the film definitely isn't bad, it's just nothing special. Besides a few interesting scenes, the film features only yet another action hero firing guns at enemies, accompanied by cheap explosions and a predictable plot. Having scored the first Mechanic film, Mark Isham returns to the sequel to deliver a basic and forgettable score to a basic and forgettable film.

The score starts out rather promising, delivering well composed emotional pieces and a fun opening action scene that reintroduces Isham's main theme from the first film. Isham's theme is less of a theme and more of a specific guitar sound, not regularly heard in scores, so for some parts, the score does establish a strong identity of its own. What follows is a collection of bland electronic action, rarely using the main theme's distinct sounds. There is no way to tell apart the action pieces, no sense of development or progression. The emotional scenes are effective, but lack any character arcs or emotional currents. When the main theme does emerge right at the end of the film we get the score's most enjoyable moments. The theme is simple yet unique and ends up being the highlights of the score as a whole.

Mark Isham's score for Mechanic: Resurrection is an uninspired and bland approach to a generic action film. There is no storytelling going on in the music, it's just a basic action score meant to fill in the gaps and keep the energy there.