The Mechanic (2011)



Critic Consensus: Jason Statham and Ben Foster turn in enjoyable performances, but this superficial remake betrays them with mind-numbing violence and action thriller cliches.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Karl Gajdusek, Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 17, 2011
Box Office: $29.1M
CBS Films - Official Site


as Arthur Bishop

as Steve McKenna

as Harry McKenna

as Dean Sanderson

as Sarah

as Burke

as Jorge Lara

as Lara's Guard

as Husband

as Mrs. Finch

as Gun Runner

as Finch's Daughter

as Jazz Club Singer

as News Reporter #1

as News Reporter #2

as Dean's Driver

as Sebastian

as Lara's Girl #1

as Shuttle Driver

as Vaughn's Intern

as Peasant

as Security Guard

as "Arthur" the Dog

as Lara's Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Mechanic

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (37)

Statham, he of the chiseled physique and sexily receding hairline, holds his own here, doing what he has to in scenes and no more -- which is perfect for a movie like this.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Top Critic

The Mechanic is like a Beretta loaded with blanks -- quick and brutal but ultimately empty.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
New York Observer
Top Critic

Clinging to false heroism and terrified of anything too dark, The Mechanic is a tough-guy movie for wimps.

Full Review… | February 19, 2011
Top Critic

A brainless and easily-forgettable thriller.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Somewhat faithful to the original, but a stupendously violent fiasco that weasels its way into being unlikable.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Movie Nation

[Simon West] goes for headshots, stabbings and other dispatches that are the antithesis of modern PG-13 action filmmaking.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012
The Aristocrat

Audience Reviews for The Mechanic

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer


The Mechanic is very similar to The Transporter. Same loner doing jobs without asking questions. In this case, instead of transporting, he is killing. The problem is when the questions won't go away.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

A stylish, heart-pounding and super-charged action-packed thriller. A smart, gripping, intense and exhilarating thrill-ride loaded with break-neck suspense and explosive action from start to finish. It will keep you guessing right to the end with every explosive twist and turn It has plenty of gun-fights, eye-popping stunts and intense fights. This movie packs a wallop. A strong and compelling story with great character development. It's sharp, well-crafted, exceptionally performed and right-on target. A full-throttle, wickedly entertaining and cool as hell action flick. Jason Statham and Ben Foster are electrifying, these two are kicking ass and delivering strong performances together. It's their most compelling roles yet. A stunning and ultra-charged adrenaline-rush that delivers insanely. It's a film that packs just as much star power as it does fire-power. This is one hell of an exhilarating action flick that you don't want to miss. It's fierce, thrilling and intensely unpredictable. I loved it.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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