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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 text on Harry's gun reads "Victory loves preparation". See more »


When Steve is in a brutal fight with Burke at Burke's home, Steve crawls toward the fireplace and grabs a brass ash shovel and smacks Burke in the knee and head. But when he starts stabbing him with it, it becomes a black iron fireplace poker. 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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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.5 (2011) See more »


Andante con moto
Written by Franz Schubert
Arranged and Performed by Stephen Edwards (as Stephen James Edwards) (ASCAP)
Courtesy of sixfeetfive music
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Your basic Jason Statham Action Flick
21 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never seen the 1972 original of the same name starring Charles Bronson. Actually, I don't think I've ever seen a Charles Bronson movie in it's entirety. That's not hard to believe since I was basically raised on comedy and horror films -- action films just never found their way into my late night film festivals. That being said, I enjoyed this new "mechanic".

Arthur Bishop (Statham) is a professional hit-man. Since we can't call them hit men, we call them "mechanics", because they fix problems and stuff. Steve McKenna (Foster) wants to become a mechanic and asks Arthur to help train him because he knows his father (Sutherland). Only, Steve seems to be in it for all the wrong reasons -- for him, it's all about revenge.

There is nothing really original or new to this story. It's an action movie, folks -- there's plenty of bullets, blood, slaps and kicks. The story's not that confusing, it's pretty easy to follow -- I wanted to say more about Statham, Foster and Sutherland -- but I can't because then that would give away everything in the entire movie. It easily held my attention throughout and watching guys like Statham fight is just plain cool. It chugged along just like any action movie should and resolved all the story lines along the way.

If I could change anything about the movie, it would probably involve a little bit more mystery and intrigue -- there just wasn't enough of it in the movie. Well, that and more Mini Anden (rawr!). More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: B-

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