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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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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

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Someone has to fix the problems.

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Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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28 January 2011 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£921,554 (UK) (28 January 2011)

Gross:

$29,113,588 (USA) (1 April 2011)
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The security camera footage of Jason Statham at the gas station in the finale shows that the date is January 28, 2011. This was also the theatrical release date of the film. See more »

Goofs

After Arthur strangles the arms dealer and he sets the laptop to play an erotic clip, he touches the computer with his hands not wearing gloves, leaving his fingerprints on it, which would implicate him. They also both touch the door while leaving. See more »

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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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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.7 (2011) See more »

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WHY BLUES
Written and Performed by Chris Thomas King
Published by Young Blues Rebel Music (BMI)
Courtesy of 21st Century Blues Records
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Nothing great, but an entertaining action film
23 April 2011 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I already abandoned the hope of watching Jason Statham in a movie which does not include car chases, brutal body-to-body fights or apparatus explosions. That may be the only kind of job offered to him, or maybe Statham himself chooses to stay in the action genre because he likes it. Or he possibly knows the fact that the fame is transient and treacherous, so he does not reject any role fearing that it may be his last one. But, you know what? Whatever the reason it is, I am not bothered at all of seeing him over and over interpreting the tough guy with a good heart, challenging the adversity with guns or his fists, and making unlikely stunts by car. After all, his charisma and solid performances almost always benefit to those movies. What takes me to The Mechanic, the most recent film in which he has been involved, which is an entertaining but not very memorable action film.

The Mechanic is a serious, violent and brutal action film, but not lacking of a sense of humor in its over-the-top action scenes and in Statham's performance, which is virtually identical to the one he brought in the films The One, The Transporter and its sequels, Revolver, Death Race, Crank and its sequel and The Expendables. But that does not matter, because it is exactly what The Mechanic required; besides, the chemistry he has with Ben Foster is pretty good, because their interaction simultaneously captures the potential of an incipient friendship and the distrust of sharing the most secret aspects from their life with a stranger. As for Foster's individual work, he brings another one of his realistic and passionate performances, showing the flexibility which allows him to work with the same credibility in art-house cinema (like The Messenger and Birds of America) and in action films (like this one and Pandorum). And despite his short stature, his physical development is equally competent.

I also liked to see in The Mechanic some moments of solid drama and emotion (at least inside of what we can expect in a movie from this genre). So, in conclusion, I think that The Mechanic deserves a moderate recommendation, because despite not being very memorable and the screenplay being a bit predictable, I cannot deny that it made me have a good time.


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