There are various words in Spanish that I have not successfully been able to translate to English. For instance the term “embuste” (literally translated means liar, but liar alone doesn’t quite cover it) or “paquete” (package or load). These are some of the words Hispanics use to describe an action sequence in a movie that is unbelievable/impossible (i.e. almost all of the driving stunts performed in “Transporter 2”).
It is that moment when we are watching an action movie, and we know that what just occurred before our eyes is impossible, but — depending on the actor, movie budget or popularity — we sometimes seem to forgive these exaggerations. We look the other way, perhaps for the sake of simple fandom admiration.
In my opinion, Jason Statham is the king of unbelievable exaggerations (paquetes). Yet, I admire the man, and look forward to his next impossible stunt. He really has created a name for himself, and has become an action star for this generation. Just this year he has “The Expendables,” “Blitz” and “The Mechanic.”
Pretty busy right? Well, I’m not even mentioning 2011 and on. His popularity has not wavered in any way. If anything he is getting more popular. He has has many of the requirements to be an action star. He is physically fit, which is a must. His martial arts skills are amazing. He also has single-handedly carried along various franchises, such as “The Transporter” trilogy and two “Crank” films.
Up next for the busy star, is “The Mechanic.” It is based on the successful Charles Bronson movie by the same name, and by the looks of the trailer premiere, which is included below, the plot remains the same.
This movie will be about a professional assassin who feels he should take on an apprentice. As usual, with apprentice movies, the master finds he will have his hands full, and no doubt this will be the case with “The Mechanic.”
At the same time, the trailer is action packed and very exciting; shooting, speeding cars, attractive women — yes, it’s the usual formula for all of the popular action movie trailers. What do you think?
“The Mechanic” will be released Dec. 15, and co-stars Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland.
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