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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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[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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Written and Performed by Chris Thomas King
Published by Young Blues Rebel Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 21st Century Blues Records
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User Reviews

Cheesy acting abounds.
17 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a hit-man has its challenges. Like murdering people for money and then not trying to think about it. After all, hit-man ARE human too and have feelings, just like the rest of us who work at more mundane jobs. The problem with this movie is that the story is so weak that not even the nonstop violence is enough to prop it up. Gratuitous scenes of violence is a telltale sign that a movie is in trouble and this movie is in deep trouble. Besides offering the thinnest of stories, the movie contains what has to be some of the cheesiest acting in recent cinematic history. The movie borders on being campy yet fails to attain that dubious status since it's really not goofy enough to be taken with a grain of salt. In short, the story is stale but without being laughable. The characters are two-dimensional, cartoon-like, and are devoid of anything that sparks even the slightest bit of interest. The violence is pervasive and explicit, but when the targets themselves are vicious, the violence fails to generate any sympathy. A hit-man plotting to assassinate another hit-man just does not make for a dramatic story.

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