The Mechanic (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 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 filmsmore
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


Jason Statham
as Arthur Bishop
Ben Foster
as Steve McKenna
Donald Sutherland
as Harry McKenna
Tony Goldwyn
as Dean Sanderson
James Logan
as Jorge Lara
Eddie J. Fernandez
as Lara's Guard
Joel Davis
as Husband
Lara Grice
as Mrs. Finch
J.D. Evermore
as Gun Runner
Ada Michelle Loridan...
as Finch's Daughter
Linzzi Zaorski
as Jazz Club Singer
Dawn Neufeld
as News Reporter #1
Molly Rosenblatt
as News Reporter #2
Bill Scharpf
as Dean's Driver
David Leitch
as Sebastian
Jennifer Ortega
as Lara's Girl #1
Paul Abraham
as Shuttle Driver
Larrel France
as Vaughn's Intern
Derek Schreck
as Security Guard
Choop Hunyup
as "Arthur" the Dog
Eddie Fernandez
as Lara's Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Mechanic

All Critics (158) | 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

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.
– Submitted by Evan T (21 months ago)
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.
– Submitted by rob g (5 years ago)
Arthur Bishop: Good judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment.
– Submitted by rob g (5 years ago)

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