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The Mechanic (2011)

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Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

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Storyline

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is a 'mechanic' - an elite assassin with a strict code and unique talent for cleanly eliminating targets. It's a job that requires professional perfection and total detachment, and Bishop is the best in the business. But when his mentor and close friend Harry (Donald Sutherland) is murdered, Bishop is anything but detached. His next assignment is self-imposed - he wants those responsible dead. His mission grows complicated when Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) approaches him with the same vengeful goal and a determination to learn Bishop's trade. Bishop has always acted alone but he can't turn his back on Harry's son. A methodical hit man takes an impulsive student deep into his world and a deadly partnership is born. But while in pursuit of their ultimate mark, deceptions threaten to surface and those hired to fix problems become problems themselves. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Someone has to fix the problems.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El especialista  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£921,554 (UK) (28 January 2011)

Gross:

$29,113,588 (USA) (1 April 2011)
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Shipped to theaters under the code name "Money Maker". See more »

Goofs

After the scene when Arthur is leaving money on the table for the girl he slept with in the bar, a boom mic is visible above him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arthur Bishop: What I do requires a certain mindset. I do assignments; designated targets. Some jobs need to look like accidents. Others must cast suspicion on someone else. A select few need to send a clear message. Pulling a trigger is easy. The best jobs are the ones nobody even knows you were there.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.7 (2011) See more »

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SHAKE (YO MAMA)
Written by North Mississippi Allstars and James Mathus
Performed by North Mississippi Allstars
Published by North Mississippi Music (BMI); Shorty Brown Publishing (ASCAP)
Courtesy of ATO
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Brilliant from Statham as usual
25 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

Jason Statham is one of my favourite actors and I'm gradually getting round to seeing all of his films. It's very rare that they disappoint, this one certainly didn't.

Jason Statham is just superb as 'The Mechanic'. He just really suits these sort of film roles, he's a proper bad-ass. Ben Foster also put in a very good performance alongside Jason. The action is fast paced when it gets going and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It is filmed really well and the stunts/action scenes look really good.

The plot is good and keeps you guessing with a few twists along the way. The film is pretty violent and there are a few scenes in particular that might make you wince a little.

Overall a very enjoyable film. Just good solid action, definitely worth watching.

8/10.


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