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The Mechanic (2011)

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Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

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Simon West

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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

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Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El especialista See more »

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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,121,498

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,347,393
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The car Arthur is working on is a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type, manufactured between 1961 and 1968. See more »

Goofs

After the first hit, when Arthur jumps from the bridge from the above angle it looks like he is going to land on a barge, and in the next shot from angle below he falls a few meters in front of the barge - apparently two different shots. 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

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 28 January 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

PIANO TRIO NO. 2, IN E FLAT MAJOR, OP. 100
Andante Con Trio
Written by Franz Schubert (WWPD)
Arranged by Christopher Todd Landor
Published by Landor Music Publishing (BMI) and Willowview Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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Cue beer, pizza, action!
5 January 2012 | by jamesebsmithSee all my reviews

Jason Statham plays ice cool professional assassin, Arthur Bishop, in this testosterone-filled action thriller. His life becomes complicated when he is assigned to see off his close friend, Harry McKenna, played by Donald Sutherland who is excellent as Bishop's mean-speaking mentor.

McKenna's son, Steve, played by Ben Foster, enters Bishop's world with aspirations to become a similarly effective killer. This adds to Bishop's headaches: the apprentice has a habit of scuppering carefully planned assassination attempts.

Although the story does not spring any great surprises, it's beautifully shot, with action coming thick and fast through to the conclusion. Ben Foster plays the wayward rookie effectively - the violent gay fight scene had me wincing.

Some excellent stunts and solid acting make this a very entertaining film within its genre: clearly aimed at a predominantly male audience, sat down with a beer, pizza, and looking for some serious action!


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