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The Russian Specialist (2005)
"The Mechanik" (original title)

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Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as ... See full summary »

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William Burton
Ivan Petrushinov ...
Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov
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Julia Abramoff
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Achmed (as Raicho Vassilev)
Assen Blatechki ...
Yuri
Antony Argirov ...
Serie
Valeri Yordanov ...
Alexi
Dejan Angelov ...
Pavel
Ivaylo Geraskov ...
Leo (as Ivailo Geraskov)
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Alina Cherenko
Naum Shopov ...
Vanya Cherenko
Atanas Srebrev ...
John Ridley (as Nasko Srebrev)
Levana Finkelstein ...
Mary Abramoff
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Victor Chertoff
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Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as illegal car mechanic in L.A. by a fellow ex-pat tycoon who offers him $500,000 to liberate her kidnapped daughter. He only takes the job when told the capturers are Sasha's goons again. The mission's long path to find the girl and escape over the Finnish border, where his team is to be paid, is littered with blood and corpses. Written by KGF Vissers

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They took his family. Now he's out for revenge.

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Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Dolph Lundgren approached Nu Image films with the wish of directing a second movie, Nu Image agreed, as long as two rules were followed: Lundgren must play the leading man, and the movie must incorporate locations under ownership of Nu image. This second rule meant Lundgren had to write the entire script based fully on the locations given to him by Nu image. See more »

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When Nikolai escaped with the bike, he escapes alongside a canal. In the next shot he is clearly driving that same road in reverse, only the camera's point of view is different. All the buildings are the same. See more »

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Natalya: Men know how to kill, women how to survive.
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CG junkies need not apply
23 April 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Mechanik is a solid bare-bones action movie. If amazing special effects and an all-star cast are required to enjoy a movie, look elsewhere.

Nick Cherenko (Lundgren) previously of the Russian special forces, has his family brutally killed by Russian Mobsters. Now he is offered a reward to recover the daughter of a millionaire, forced into prostitution by the same men. The plot is a no-brainer, its a simple revenge story which has been done a thousand times. While the acting varies, the locations give a real presence in the film. Wide soviet countryside and wartorn villages help thicken the atmosphere.

Action is paced, with some nicely executed shootouts. The violence is depicted as gritty - bricks chip and windows shatter as mercenaries fall. Deaths come with an abundance of blood and gore.

Overall, an entertaining flick with nice camera work and solid action. One of the better Dolph movies.


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