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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 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 »

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Natalya: Men know how to kill, women how to survive.
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Lundgren pulls it out of the bag!
9 October 2006 | by buckforrisSee all my reviews

I've never been much of a Lundgren fan, with my preferred viewing being Norris and Seagal, with also Van Damme too. But to my surprise, during a DTV rampage of these guys (The Hard Corps, Shadow Man and also the Cutter too) Dolph's film the Mechanik was by a long, long, way the best of the bunch. I've fallen by the wayside a little in recent years, and haven't kept up to much with the action boys, but when your in the mood, your in the mood. Anyway The Mechanik was fantastic. It's a simple storyline, and a simply delivered film, but it promises something, and delivers. The result is a violent, dirty and damn fun action movie. It's a great little regression to 70's and 80's action films. I also understand it was shot on a fraciton of the budgets of Chuck's, Stevens and Jean Claudes, movies and still manages to look the most expensive too.

Lundgren too gives a solid performance and looks in great shape. In fact dare I say it the other guys like either old, tired or overweight (all three in Seagal's case). Lundgren looks fresh and in great shape. Ben Cross was really good. That guy should have been a bigger star, a really good actor if anyone's seen his earlier work.

On the negative side, the girl in the movie seems little more than a pointless inclusion to aid the bloodshed, and the bad guy is a little too "hey look at me I'm the bad guy!" After all though, it's expected from this sort of film so it's not a big problem. I also wasn't too sure what was with all the dissolves either, but on the most part this film is directed with assurance and a great sense of pace, and of course directed by Dolph himself! This film really acts as a showcase for Dolph Lundgren. It's the Dolph show, and it's a good show. It brought back fond memories of cool Peckinpah movies. Good work Dolph!


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