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The Mechanic (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  28 January 2011 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lara's Guard (as Eddie Fernandez)
Joshua Bridgewater ...
Car Jacker
John McConnell ...
Joel Davis ...
Mark Nutter ...
Mr. Finch (as Mark Anthony Nutter)
Ardy Brent Carlson ...
Bell Hop
Mrs. Finch


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


Someone has to fix the problems.


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


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£921,554 (UK) (28 January 2011)


$29,113,588 (USA) (1 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Mechanic Needed" photo of Harry that Bishop sees on his laptop is a publicity still of Donald Sutherland at the 2009 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala. Another still from this event is the primary photo of Sutherland's IMDb page. See more »


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 »


[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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »


Written and Published by Linnzi Zaorski (ASCAP)
Performed by Linnzi Zaorski
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28 January 2011 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

I am one of the original Jason Statham fans. I loved the Transporter, Crank and his collaborations with Guy Ritchie like Revolver and even tolerated some of his less glorious efforts such as Death Race.

For me what makes his movies so enjoyable is the tongue in cheek humour and the likable side of the tough guy. We all know he's not a great actor but the lovable rogue is his trademark and that's why we keep going back for more.

"The Mechanic" is about a ruthless hit man and it gives Statham no opportunity to smile or engage in banter, nor make us laugh. It's a non- stop action film with a few goofs and a script with holes big enough to drive a bus through. Normally I would forgive and forget, because I like him, but he didn't make me laugh nor make me wish I could be like him this time.

There were no characters to like in this film, but there was plenty of action which makes it instantly forgettable. I know you want to read the movie was great but I wouldn't be honest if I pretended it was. Worth watching but don't expect another Transporter.

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