The Mechanic

January 28th 2011
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 92 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn, Mini Anden, Christa Campbell, Katarzyna Wolejnio, Monica Acosta, Jeff Chase, Ada Michelle Loridans, J.D. Evermore, Joel Davis, James Logan, Cedric Burton, David Dahlgren
  • Director: Simon West
  • Writers: Richard Wenk, Lewis John Carlino
  • Producers: RenĂ© Besson, Robert Chartoff, William Chartoff, Rob Cowan, Marcy Drogin, Avi Lerner, John Thompson, David Winkler, Irwin Winkler
  • Executive Producers: Danny Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort, Joe Gatta
  • Art Direction: Jason Hamilton
  • Castings: Lisa Mae Fincannon, Cathy Sandrich
  • Costume Design: Christopher Lawrence
  • D.O.P.: Eric Schmidt
  • Editors: T.G. Herrington, Todd E. Miller
  • Makeup: Stacy Kelly
  • Music: Mark Isham
  • Production Design: Richard Lassalle
  • Set Decoration: Leonard R. Spears


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Detroit, USA; Langley, USA; New Orleans, USA; Washington D.C., USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity
  • Production Budget: $40 million
  • Production Companies: Millennium Films, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH
  • Production Schedule: October 2009 - December 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: "A $40 million remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson thriller, early reviews indicate it holds only a minor resemblance to the dark and brutal original which was noted for its dialogue-free opening sixteen minutes and its often existentialist take on remorseless killing. Here, the R-rating is intact, but the tone is being described as something more akin to a grittier version of that other Statham franchise - "The Transporter".

The use of director Simon West ("Con Air," "The General's Daughter," "Tomb Raider") means the action sequences and two brutal hand-to-hand combat scenes have come out well, but the story is thin on the ground. The villain is said to be underdeveloped, while the heavy focus on the training scenes and a short 92 minute runtime means the film doesn't spend enough time justifying its twists or the antagonist's actions.

While the casting of Foster as the apprentice is a great choice, Statham seems a tad too young for a part better suited for a more world-weary veteran actor. However, the two do seem to have good chemistry together which is a more important factor in these kind of films. Originally planned for mid-December, Nu Image/Milennium pushed the film back to President's Day weekend and frankly it's a better fit - yielding one of the few films this month to look forward to."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 13 January 2011: Russia
  • 21 January 2011: Estonia
  • 27 January 2011: Greece, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait
  • 28 January 2011: UK
  • 30 January 2011: Iran
  • 11 February 2011: Brazil
  • 17 February 2011: Malaysia, Singapore
  • 10 March 2011: Hungary
  • 17 March 2011: Netherlands
  • 6 April 2011: France
  • 17 April 2011: Germany