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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
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Alexi
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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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Storyline

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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2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates)  »

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The Russian Specialist  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie, the bad guys pull into the village. The license plate says LOH (In Cyrillic). Loosely translated, it means a**hole in Russian. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Natalya: Men know how to kill, women how to survive.
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Connections

Referenced in Making of 'The Mechanik' (2006) See more »

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Ne Tursia
(I'm Not Looking For...)
Written & Performed by Maria Ilieva
Published by Mi Productions, Ltd.
Courtesy of Harbour Island Records
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simple, violent, direct and pure as the best Russian vodka!
7 January 2007 | by (Slovenia) – See all my reviews

Dolph has really done it. The Mechanik is an action movie at it best. It has everything an action flick needs. A good guy, a bad guy, shooting, close combat, blood and broken bones and a huge death count at the (happy) end. The story is very simple. Nikolai Cherenko (Lundgren) is a former spetznas (Russian special forces) who, after his family was killed by a mafia boss, went to the US to work as a mechanic. After 7 years a lady comes to him and wants to hire him to save here daughter which was kidnapped by the same gangster. Nick finally takes the job but of course it is not about the money but all about vengeance. He gets a backup team and… from here on the story and the end is quite predictable. But it is not the story that makes this movie a must see. It is the details, and mostly it is what the movie leaves out. You won't find long dialogs about morale and ethics, heroism in terms of "leave me behind I'm just slowing you down!" and then the obligatory "never I'd rather die!". There are also no long man on man fights. What do you do if a black belt attacks you? Well if it would bee any other movie, such a situation would develop into a 1 hour bare hands fight. But not here. Take your gun and shoot him. It is that simple. A very similar situation, the bad guy falls to the ground and loses his gun. Wait till he gets up? Continue the fight without weapons? Bah! You are standing, he is on the ground, you've got a gun, he hasn't. Shoot him! Not very honorable, but very fast and effective. After all he is there to get the girl not to win a karate tournament. At the end, The Mechanik is not your typical action flick. The hero is not as heroic as you would perhaps like to have him. He is not doing all this because it is the right thing, but because he wants to see blood. The Mechanik is a great action movie, just like in the good old times when action didn't try to bee anything else, but simply action. It is simple, violent, direct and pure as the best Russian vodka! A must see!


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