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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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Lara's Guard (as Eddie Fernandez)
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Car Jacker
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Mr. Finch (as Mark Anthony Nutter)
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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

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Someone has to fix the problems.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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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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Trivia

The security camera footage of Jason Statham at the gas station in the finale shows that the date is January 28, 2011. This was also the theatrical release date of the film. See more »

Goofs

During the Priest Assassination Job, the scene is supposed to be set in Chicago. There are shots of the Chicago skyline but the hotel where the action is set was in fact shot in New Orleans. Quick shots of palm trees, external building details and skyline (when the characters are fighting on the rooftop) gives the illusion away. 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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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

GOREE
Performed by Nuru Kane
From the album SIGIL (TUGCD1041)
Lyrics by Arsene Kane
Music by Nuru Kane
Published by Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from Riverboat Records/World Music Network (UK) Ltd www.worldmusic.net
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13 June 2011 | by (Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Some things may not make sense and the storytelling may feel extremely fast paced, but you know what, in those moments where 'The Mechanic' promised to entertain you, it does it at its best. And don't get me wrong, cause I'm not a Statham's fan. I didn't like 'The transporter' cause the acting (especially the bad guy) was way too unreal. I didn't like 'Crank' either cause the directing was really bad. 'The Mechanic' is not a movie focused on the story but on the action, and that's where it shines. The action scenes are really sublime and they don't stop until the last minute. Actors also fit in an interesting story. Again, the director chose not to develop the story but to give an explosive experience, and I believe he achieved it. Don't look for a deep experience here and you won't be disappointed.


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