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The Russian Specialist (2005)

The Mechanik (original title)
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Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as ... See full summary »

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Dolph Lundgren

Writers:

Bryan Edward Hill (screenplay), Dolph Lundgren (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Nikolai Cherenko
Ben Cross ... William Burton
Ivan Petrushinov Ivan Petrushinov ... Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov
Olivia Lee ... Julia Abramoff
Raicho Vasilev Raicho Vasilev ... Achmed (as Raicho Vassilev)
Assen Blatechki Assen Blatechki ... Yuri
Antony Argirov Antony Argirov ... Serie
Valeri Yordanov ... Alexi
Dejan Angelov ... Pavel
Ivaylo Geraskov Ivaylo Geraskov ... Leo (as Ivailo Geraskov)
Hilda van der Meulen ... Alina Cherenko
Naum Shopov Naum Shopov ... Vanya Cherenko
Atanas Srebrev ... John Ridley (as Nasko Srebrev)
Levana Finkelstein ... Mary Abramoff
Nikolai Sotirov Nikolai Sotirov ... Victor Chertoff
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Storyline

Spetnaz (Special Ops) veteran Nick Cherenko leaves Russia after his son and wife are killed in a gunfight by drug lord Aleksandr 'Sasha' Popov's mob men. He's threatened with exposure as illegal car mechanic in L.A. by a fellow ex-pat tycoon who offers him $500,000 to liberate her kidnapped daughter. He only takes the job when told the capturers are Sasha's goons again. The mission's long path to find the girl and escape over the Finnish border, where his team is to be paid, is littered with blood and corpses. Written by KGF Vissers

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They took his family. Now he's out for revenge.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

Russian | English

Release Date:

2 November 2006 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

The Russian Specialist See more »

Filming Locations:

Bulgaria See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director of photography Ross W. Clarkson received two awards in Australia for "The Mechanik": Gold for feature film at the 2006 Queensland A.C.S (Australian Cinematographers Society) Awards, and an Award of Distinction at the National A.C.S. Awards. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes the registrations of the cars are Russian, in others they are Bulgarian. See more »

Quotes

William Burton: What's your plan?
Nick Cherenko: Kill Them All.
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Referenced in Making of 'The Mechanik' (2006) See more »

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Written by Brian Schram (ASCAP)
Performed by The Brian Schram Band
Courtesy of Cadence Entertainment
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CG junkies need not apply
23 April 2006 | by Haze888See all my reviews

The Mechanik is a solid bare-bones action movie. If amazing special effects and an all-star cast are required to enjoy a movie, look elsewhere.

Nick Cherenko (Lundgren) previously of the Russian special forces, has his family brutally killed by Russian Mobsters. Now he is offered a reward to recover the daughter of a millionaire, forced into prostitution by the same men. The plot is a no-brainer, its a simple revenge story which has been done a thousand times. While the acting varies, the locations give a real presence in the film. Wide soviet countryside and wartorn villages help thicken the atmosphere.

Action is paced, with some nicely executed shootouts. The violence is depicted as gritty - bricks chip and windows shatter as mercenaries fall. Deaths come with an abundance of blood and gore.

Overall, an entertaining flick with nice camera work and solid action. One of the better Dolph movies.


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