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.
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. -- (C) CBS films … More
|Rating:||R (for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Simon West|
|Written By:||Karl Gajdusek, Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino|
|In Theaters:||Jan 28, 2011 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 17, 2011|
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Critic Reviews for The Mechanic
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.
The Mechanic is like a Beretta loaded with blanks -- quick and brutal but ultimately empty.
Clinging to false heroism and terrified of anything too dark, The Mechanic is a tough-guy movie for wimps.
Somewhat faithful to the original, but a stupendously violent fiasco that weasels its way into being unlikable.
Audience Reviews for The Mechanic
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.
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.
The Mechanic Quotes
|Harry McKenna:||You're a goddamn machine. You see things. You view people differently than I do, differently than anybody does. But you have a problem, Arthur. You need companionship.|
|Arthur Bishop:||I have you Harry|
|Harry McKenna:||Oh, then you're in deeper shit than I thought.|
|Dean Sanderson:||I'm going to put a price on your head so big, that when you look in the mirror your reflection's gonna want to shoot you in the face.|
|Arthur Bishop:||Good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment.|
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