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The Mechanic (2011)

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An elite hitman teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

Director:

Simon West

Writers:

Richard Wenk (screenplay), Lewis John Carlino (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Arthur Bishop
Ben Foster ... Steve McKenna
Tony Goldwyn ... Dean
Donald Sutherland ... Harry McKenna
Jeff Chase ... Burke
Mini Anden ... Sarah
James Logan ... Jorge Lara
Eddie J. Fernandez ... Lara's Guard (as Eddie Fernandez)
Joshua Bridgewater Joshua Bridgewater ... Car Jacker
John McConnell ... Vaughn
Christa Campbell ... Kelly
Joel Davis Joel Davis ... Husband
Mark Nutter Mark Nutter ... Mr. Finch (as Mark Anthony Nutter)
Ardy Brent Carlson Ardy Brent Carlson ... Bell Hop
Lara Grice ... Mrs. Finch
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Storyline

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

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Someone has to fix the problems. See more »

Genres:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Although some scenes are set in Chicago, Houston and Colombia, the entire film was shot in the New Orleans area. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Arthur steals the blue GTO, the car is originally shown without the Sports Appearance Package (Grey grill inserts/different rear bumper fascia). Once the camera cuts away and back to the car, it does have the Sports Appearance Package installed. 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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Connections

References Inception (2010) See more »

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Performed by Amon Tobin
Written by Amon Tobin
Published by Third Side America (ASCAP) (o/b/o Just Isn't Music, Ltd. (PRS))
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
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Not sure I like this one
28 January 2011 | by mike-3842See all my reviews

I am one of the original Jason Statham fans. I loved the Transporter, Crank and his collaborations with Guy Ritchie like Revolver and even tolerated some of his less glorious efforts such as Death Race.

For me what makes his movies so enjoyable is the tongue in cheek humour and the likable side of the tough guy. We all know he's not a great actor but the lovable rogue is his trademark and that's why we keep going back for more.

"The Mechanic" is about a ruthless hit man and it gives Statham no opportunity to smile or engage in banter, nor make us laugh. It's a non- stop action film with a few goofs and a script with holes big enough to drive a bus through. Normally I would forgive and forget, because I like him, but he didn't make me laugh nor make me wish I could be like him this time.

There were no characters to like in this film, but there was plenty of action which makes it instantly forgettable. I know you want to read the movie was great but I wouldn't be honest if I pretended it was. Worth watching but don't expect another Transporter.


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Official Sites:

CBS Films [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,422,006, 30 January 2011

Gross USA:

$29,121,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,130,093
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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