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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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Taglines:

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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Sound Mix:

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

When Nikolai escaped with the bike, he escapes alongside a canal. In the next shot he is clearly driving that same road in reverse, only the camera's point of view is different. All the buildings are the same. See more »

Quotes

Natalya: Men know how to kill, women how to survive.
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Referenced in Making of 'The Mechanik' (2006) See more »

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Cut Me
Written by Brian Schram (ASCAP)
Performed by The Brian Schram Band
Courtesy of Cadence Entertainment
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Forget about the dolphins. This one's all about Dolph!
16 September 2009 | by Vomitron_GSee all my reviews

As for my "Catching Up With Dolph" initiative I started last week, THE MECHANIK was my third pick. I ended up enjoying/appreciating this one the most, surprisingly also a film directed by Dolph himself. And he does a good job, honestly. Now I am by far not an expert on all things Dolph, but I can appreciate a decent effort when I see one. THE MECHANIK has a bare-bones story - fairly big on the clichés, I might add, though thankfully not including a tired re-found love angle - but it's put together with a consistent style (you'll have to dig the contemporary look & editing, though) and the cinematography looks fine, using faded, stained colors with hard contrasts. It's all about Dolph being on a mission (again) and getting revenge (again) while at it. But it's executed in a proper fashion. What really made the film pay off, was it promising a decent shout-out climax and even coming through on that promise. Western fans might even dig this film. Lots of violent kills and bloodshed, and it all looks pretty damn good & realistic on screen. A job well done, Dolph. I applaud you, and I will be checking out MISSIONARY MAN next and I hope it'll score as high on the Dolph-scale. Either way, nice to see you're doing well!


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