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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
John McConnell ...
Joel Davis ...
Mark Nutter ...
Mr. Finch (as Mark Anthony Nutter)
Ardy Brent Carlson ...
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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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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 »


The doctor gives the character Vaughn an IV of 1000cc of 0.9% ketamine, or what will be a total of 9,000 mg of ketamine - enough to produce fairly deep general anesthesia in approximately 18 horses. 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 Saturday Night Live: Gwyneth Paltrow/Cee Lo Green (2011) See more »


Written by Ben Ellman, Robert Mercurio, Jeff Raines, Richard Vogel and Stanton Moore
Performed by Galactic
From the album "Ya-Ka-May"
Published by Bobski Tunes (BMI), Number R Music (BMI), Heavy Raines Music (BMI), Number Vee Music (BMI) and Stantastic Muzik (BMI) administered by Bug
Courtesy of Anti
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User Reviews

Above average remake and action thriller
30 May 2011 | by (Novelist of The Final Version) – See all my reviews

An assassin's abilities are tested when he takes on an apprentice, but things get complicated when he finds he's been used on his last job.

Entertaining assassin/mentor yarn which tries to avoid clichés. Donald Sutherland puts in a welcomed cameo but is missed throughout the rest of the film. Jason Statham is hit man Arthur Bishop, while he can do these roles action roles blind folded Statham is subtler and more complex than most previous parts he's played. Ben Foster gives a hard hitting performance giving an edginess and weight to the character of Steve McKenna and corporate bad guy Tony Goldwyn is notable.

Some logic aside the Mechanic stands head and shoulders above the mass of recent cheap and big budget flicks due to it's 1973 source material, smart writing and Simon West's gritty direction. The wonderful locations give it an air of realism and the soundtrack complements the setups.   

With some thought out character development, twists and well executed action scenes it's a pleasing above average hit-man thriller. 

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