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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 | 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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Trivia

Shot over a period of 9 weeks. See more »

Goofs

After Arthur's first hit in the movie, the (now deceased) victim is seen floating in the water, then suddenly, with help from Bishop, swimming forward. The camera pans underneath, showing Bishop's hands around the wrists of the corpse, but when seen from above, nothing is, as probably intended, visible. See more »

Quotes

[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

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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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It works
13 June 2011 | by artalmarceloSee all my reviews

Some things may not make sense and the storytelling may feel extremely fast paced, but you know what, in those moments where 'The Mechanic' promised to entertain you, it does it at its best. And don't get me wrong, cause I'm not a Statham's fan. I didn't like 'The transporter' cause the acting (especially the bad guy) was way too unreal. I didn't like 'Crank' either cause the directing was really bad. 'The Mechanic' is not a movie focused on the story but on the action, and that's where it shines. The action scenes are really sublime and they don't stop until the last minute. Actors also fit in an interesting story. Again, the director chose not to develop the story but to give an explosive experience, and I believe he achieved it. Don't look for a deep experience here and you won't be disappointed.


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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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