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The Mechanic (1972)

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Charles Bronson re-teams with director Michael Winner -- sandwiched between their first pairing in the underrated Chato's Land and their seminal collaboration in Death Wish -- in this Lewis John Carlino-scripted actioner. Bronson plays Arthur Bishop, a "mechanic" or hired killer, famed for his efficient and unfeeling contract executions. The young and eager Steve McKenna (Jan-Michael Vincent) teams up with him, hoping that Bishop will teach him the bounty-hunting business. Imparting words of

Oct 8, 2002

United Artists

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (3) | DVD (3)

...a meandering, relentlessly unwatchable piece of work.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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As slow as molasses and just as exciting.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

bronson classic. gets no better.

October 22, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Mechanic

The Mechanic is one of the best action films of the 1970's. Starring Charles Bronson as meticulous hit-man Arthur Bishop, The Mechanic is a brilliant, near flawless action picture that also is a portrait into the mind of a killer. A well crafted film that not only has a lot of action, the film shows the twisted, savage side of a killer. Charles Bronson is a cold hearted killer, and he is superb in his role. What makes Charles Bronson perfect for the part of Arthur Bishop is his chiseled tough guy looks, his voice and on screen demeanor, it's really hard to picture someone else in the role. Bronson was born to play such a role. The Mechanic is a mix of action, thriller, suspense and somewhat drama. But the film mostly plays out like an action thriller. The film is a near flawless film that is one of Charles Bronson's finest films. The Mechanic is a classic of the genre. This is a fine action film that has yet to to be topped. What separates this film from most action films is that The Mechanic is not only an action, but a character study into the mind of a killer, we get an idea how a professional killer acts and and carries out his deadly tasks. Not only that, but The Mechanic gives the audience one of the most memorable of all Charles Bronson's films. A well made action film, and one of the defining films of the genre.
June 30, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Despite having some of the same trappings of other, similar films, what sets this 'hit man' film apart from the others is that it is at least trying for something more, something deeper besides action and violence. And, at times, it succeeds.

This distinction is immediately noticeable during the opening sequence- 16 minutes free of dialogue that make the viewer pay attention to the details while still amping up the tension and suspense. It's a marvelous sequence, and a great way to get thigns going. I wish more films nowadays would try to strive for a bit of artistry and craft once in a while.

The rest of the film is filled with bits of philosophy (namely existentialism) and high culture. The third act does descend into rousing action, but it is used as punctuation, and is earned as a way of highlighting what the rest of the film had been building up to.

The pacing isn't snail-like, but this isn't a film for viewers who can't handle anything less than rapid cutting, fast editing, and movies that don't take the time to breathe. It's a very underrated film that has a very 70s feel to it. It deserves more attention, so you should definitely check it out.
June 28, 2011
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

They certainly don't know how to make movies as they used to. Charles Bronson, the original Hollywood tough guy, in probably his most haunting role, as the Mechanic, Mr. Bishop, a Hitman at the top of his trade, a fixer of accidents and problems. though he is getting on in his years, after his last job, he strikes an unlikley friendship with the target's son, whom he sees a younger, ruthless version of himself. Knowing that he is passing into old age, he decided to train a protege in his master craft, all the skills, tools and organisation to be a killer.

But, in taking on a partner, he has become a target himself by his employers.... and they will use the closest person to get to him: his new student.

Defintley a cold and calculating movie, the opening scene sets the standard as we see Bronson at work in his deadly trade. the music score really underlines the cold and brutal nature of the film, and the climax and ending is defintley an original twist and another reminder of the underworld and its cruel fates and irony it presents to those who walk that life.

A gem, a classic, its definitley a standout Bronson movie. Its good I got to watch it just before the remake hits the cinemas with Jason Statham.
December 10, 2010
Khris N

Super Reviewer

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