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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Lara
Lara's Guard (as Eddie Fernandez)
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Car Jacker
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Bell Hop
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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.


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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 USA:

$11,422,006, 30 January 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

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 »


When being chased on the roof, Steve McKenna shoots someone next to a gray door. He fires two shots but there are three bullet holes in the door. 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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References Fight Club (1999) See more »


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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Cue beer, pizza, action!
5 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

Jason Statham plays ice cool professional assassin, Arthur Bishop, in this testosterone-filled action thriller. His life becomes complicated when he is assigned to see off his close friend, Harry McKenna, played by Donald Sutherland who is excellent as Bishop's mean-speaking mentor.

McKenna's son, Steve, played by Ben Foster, enters Bishop's world with aspirations to become a similarly effective killer. This adds to Bishop's headaches: the apprentice has a habit of scuppering carefully planned assassination attempts.

Although the story does not spring any great surprises, it's beautifully shot, with action coming thick and fast through to the conclusion. Ben Foster plays the wayward rookie effectively - the violent gay fight scene had me wincing.

Some excellent stunts and solid acting make this a very entertaining film within its genre: clearly aimed at a predominantly male audience, sat down with a beer, pizza, and looking for some serious action!

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