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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:
Lara's Guard (as Eddie Fernandez)
Joshua Bridgewater ...
Car Jacker
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.


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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:

£921,554 (UK) (28 January 2011)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The illegal arms dealer's mugshot is simply the actor's face photoshopped onto David Bowie's mugshot from a drug-related arrest in Rochester NY. See more »


Towards the end of the movie, when Steve pulls out a record to play on Arthur's record player, the cover has "Jazz" written in the corner, however when the music starts, it is Schubert's Trio n#2, which is classical music. 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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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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User Reviews

Fun and Full of Action!
22 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Mechanic which is a remake based off the same name is actually a really fun movie despite it being mostly run-of-the-mill. We have seen this movie many times before but this kind of action never grows old(if done right)no matter who the star is. I had a really good time watching violent action, some blood, and Jason Statham being Jason Statham.

This film is about a hit-man who teams up with a vengeance-happy troubled dude and they do what they do best: kill people. This time, the hit-man, Arthur feels there are actually people who deserve to meet that fate.

Well, I cannot say much about Jason Statham except he pleases me by being his normal self, racking up the body count. Ben Foster really stole the show though. He is adept at playing they guy who really doesn't give a hoot about anything but being very violent.

Overall, this is a really fun, action-filled movie. Obviously, this film isn't the perfect action movie as there are ones better than this, but I can deal with a hour and a half filled with crazy action. I haven't seen the original though but now I may want to. I rate this film 9/10.

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