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The Mechanic

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Director: Simon West

Cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Tony Goldwyn


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Seasoned hitman Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) sets out to avenge the brutal murder of his mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), and finds himself joined by Harry's vengeful son (Ben Foster), who is eager to follow in his late father's footsteps, in this remake of the 1972 action


Seasoned hitman Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) sets out to avenge the brutal murder of his mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), and finds himself joined by Harry's vengeful son (Ben Foster), who is eager to follow in his late father's footsteps, in this remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. Harry taught Arthur how to be a detached killer who always hits his mark. Now Harry is gone, and for the first time in Arthur's career it's about to get personal. As lone-wolf assassin Arthur prepares to hunt down Harry's killers, he is approached by his fallen mentor's vengeful son, Steve, who is eager to take up the lethal tools of his father's trade. Unadept at working with a partner yet compelled to help Steve carry on the family tradition, Arthur agrees to take him on as a protégé. Later, the duo begins to methodically eliminate their targets, forging a partnership born of blood with each new hit. The closer Arthur and Steve get to the name at the top of their list, however, the more apparent it becomes that his job will be anything but business as usual.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
At this point, while the legendary string of '80s testosterone-fueled action heroes (Schwarzenegger, Stallone, Norris) aren't quite ready to hang it up, none of them can carry an action movie like Jason Statham. Between the joyously over-the-top Crank films, the slick Transporter series, his collaborations with director Guy Ritchie, and interesting detours like The Italian Job and The Bank Job, Statham has proven to be a steel-eyed, hard-muscled man's man with a sharp sense of humor -- he's even capable of vulnerability. He's never played against type, but he's found plenty of subtle variations on that type. And, to its great benefit, The Mechanic utilizes all his skills. Statham plays Arthur Bishop, a "fixer" for a powerful yet shady corporation who specializes in killing people with efficiency and/or style -- whatever best serves his boss' needs. Arthur's absolute mastery of this talent -- as well as his sculpted torso and arms -- is revealed in the opening, where he assassinates a Columbian tycoon in the man's swimming pool. Of course a man with Arthur's career lives by a code, and his only loyalty is to Harry (Donald Sutherland), his mentor in the corporation. But when Bishop learns that Harry is the company's next target, business is business. Enter Ben Foster as Harry's ne'er-do-well, heavy-drinking son, Steve. With his father out of the picture, Steve wants Arthur to train him to become a mechanic as well. Together, they plot revenge on Harry's killer, but because Steve suspects Arthur might have pulled the trigger himself, the bonds of trust between the two might be imaginary. The best thing about The Mechanic is the debt it owes to crime films from the early '70s. It's a remake of a Charles Bronson movie, and it has the patient rhythms and the existential dread of such influential masterworks as Point Blank. Statham is one of the few stars around who can make it seem that still waters run deep inside a person who, by all outside appearances, is a cold-blooded killer. And since the tight screenplay (the movie clocks in at under 90 minutes, minus the closing credits) keeps him at the center of just about every scene, we cheer consistently for his meticulous mastery of every situation -- including some improvised torture involving a garbage disposal and a young woman's hand. As much as this is Statham's film, Ben Foster becomes a welcome complement. He's done really strong dramatic work on Six Feet Under, and in The Messenger, but here Foster's resemblance to a young Sean Penn helps make Steve a plausible loose cannon -- intense, reckless, and unpredictable. The term chemistry usually gets thrown around in romantic comedies, but chemistry is exactly what he and Statham have. Not Newman/Redford chemistry, but certainly enough to keep this hard-hitting, entertaining action film from dragging. Director Simon West does a solid job pacing the movie -- he makes you wait for the big action set pieces in order to build anticipation, and while too much of the hand-to-hand fight sequences are edited beyond the point of comprehension, these scenes are also brief enough that we don't lose interest. The down-and-dirty milieu of The Mechanic is most certainly a man's world. Thankfully Statham, the reigning king of guy cinema, is at its center.

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Special Features

Get Inside the Action with the "Tools Of The Trade" Featurette and Deleted & Extended Scenes

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jason Statham Arthur Bishop
Ben Foster Steve McKenna
Tony Goldwyn Dean Sanderson
Donald Sutherland Harry McKenna
Jeff Chase Burke
Mini Anden Sarah
James Logan Jorge Lara
Eddie J. Fernandez Lara's Guard
Joshua Bridgewater Car Jacker
John McConnell Vaughn
Christa Campbell Kelly
Joel Davis Husband
Mark Anthony Nutter Mr. Finch
Ardy Brent Carlson Bell Hop
Lara Grice Mrs. Finch
Lance E. Nichols Henry
J.D. Evermore Gun Runner
Ada Michelle Loridans Finch's Daughter
Linzzi Zaorski Jazz Club Singer
Dawn Neufeld News Reporter #1
Molly Rosenblatt News Reporter #2
Bill Scharpf Dean's Driver
John Teague Ney
David Leitch Sebastian
Jennifer Ortega Lara's Girl #1
LaTeace Towns-Cuellar Lara's Girl #2
Paul Abraham Shuttle Driver
David Dahlgren Dr. X
Stuart Greer Ralph
Kasia Wolejnio Maria
Larrel France Vaughn's Intern
Danny Cosmo Peasant
Derek Schreck Security Guard
Choop "Arthur" the Dog

Technical Credits
Simon West Director
René Besson Producer
Lewis John Carlino Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert Chartoff Executive Producer
Billy Chartoff Producer
Boaz Davidson Executive Producer
Danny Dimbort Executive Producer
Jason Hamilton Art Director
Jeffrey Haupt Sound Mixer
T.G. Herrington Editor
Mark Isham Score Composer
Richard Lassalle Production Designer
Christopher Lawrence Costumes/Costume Designer
David Leitch Action Director
Avi Lerner Executive Producer
Todd E. Miller Editor
Jib Polhemus Co-producer
Eric Schmidt Cinematographer
Trevor Short Executive Producer
Richard Wenk Screenwriter
Irwin Winkler Executive Producer
David Winkler Producer


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The Mechanic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-mmw- More than 1 year ago
I've watched this movie two or three times and think it terrific! It's much better than the original. The leads (Statham and Foster) make you believe they are who they are portraying. All and all, this is a great Statham movie and I'm a fan.
AsiaSquawkBoxFan More than 1 year ago
This film doesn't live up to his more memorable action flicks from yester year. On the bright side, it is better than all of Nicholas Cage's latest films.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
Though it started out a little slow, it really began to pick up about half an hour in. The story was intreging enough for an action movie, and the bits of action that were in it were pretty cool. I admit, I was hoping for a bit more action than what there was, but it still had some decent action scenes within it. Statham and Foster both did pretty good in this movie. It wasn't until I rented it, too, that I read it was a remake of an old Charles Bronson movie of the same name. I was told by a few people I ought to see the original too, so I will probably make a point to see it at some point as well. If you like good action movies, I would recommend at least giving this one a watch.