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The Mechanic

Action . Thriller . Crime

Arthur Bishop (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 he is ordered to take out his mentor and close friend Harry (Sutherland), Bishop is anything but detached.

Actors: Katarzyna Wolejnio , Christa Campbell , Tony Goldwyn , Mini Anden , Donald Sutherland , Ben Foster , Jason Statham , Eddie J. Fernandez , James Logan , Jeff Chase
Directors: Simon West
Country: USA
Release: 2011-01-28
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  • Dana Stevens

    Feels fresh and satisfying. Maybe it's the presence of Jason Statham, the British action star who has a physicality like no other actor out there right now.

    Slate Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Short, fast and nasty, The Mechanic is considerably more fun than the rather lethargic original.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Like the original, it is a moody, atmospheric film, one boasting significantly more depth than your typical blow-'em-up.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    To the extent that it's original, The Mechanic is insane, bordering on gloriously insane.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Josh Modell

    Couple that with actual acting-Statham is the most winning action hero around, and Foster brings some nuance that the script probably doesn't deserve-and it's bloody fun.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    Quick, capable, thoroughly bloody action film.

    Time Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The action is entertaining enough, and it's kind of fun to follow the intricate plotting and planning of the jobs.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Improves on the original in at least one key way: Its lead characters appear to have souls.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Mostly, The Mechanic creaks and groans as it goes through the motions, and not even its lavish violence - which includes much smashing of heads and a nasty screwdriver stabbing - is particularly electrifying.

    Movieline Full Review
  • John Anderson

    Despite a certain emotional chill, what holds this Mechanic together is - no surprise - the core Carlino story.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Brisk, brutal and unconcerned with collateral damage, The Mechanic doesn't pave much of anything new in the assassin-for-hire genre. But when it kills, it does so with style.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Adequate light entertainment for those who enjoy thrillers, but it is uneven and the underwhelming ending will disappoint those who enjoyed the delicious irony served up by its predecessor.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    The movie is crisp and contemporary enough to inaugurate another franchise for Statham.

    NPR Full Review
  • Brian Miller

    Jason Statham bares his six-pack before speaking his first line in this humorless, efficient remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson hitman movie.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Hughes

    Better than "The Transporter" but not as much fun as "Crank".

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The result is just good enough to pass as an action flick you watch with the forgiving gaze that comes from too many beers and too little sleep.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Has a deliberately minimalist, retro look to it as well.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    It'd be nice if Jason Statham and Ben Foster, The Mechanic's mentor/protege duo, could crack a smile. Once.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    An intermittently arresting, mostly standard action entry that deals death noisily more than cleverly - a lot like the original.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Mechanic remains singularly uninvolving - a rote exercise in a genre with characters so familiar they barely register.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    An intriguing plot is established, a new character is brought on with a complex set of problems, and then all the groundwork disintegrates into the usual hash of preposterous action sequences.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    As it is, The Mechanic is ham-fisted pulp, like Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" taking itself seriously.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Like many action stars, Statham is good at cool brooding, but West's frantic style works against this.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Una LaMarche

    The Mechanic runs on violence, and when no one's being riddled with bullets or getting their hand shoved into a garbage disposal, it lags. That said, the "action" sequences are so frequent and bloody that they render plot nearly obsolete.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    In essence, this one is the equivalent of the "B" movies that flourished during the original's era -- and it proves middling, and occasionally muddled, on almost every level.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The only bit of machinery that makes the film move is Jason Statham, who's provided the steely saving grace in so many modern action movies.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    There's some limited entertainment to be found in a movie as insistently conflicted as The Mechanic, but the accretion of sadism, humorlessness and antediluvian sexual politics is finally more exhausting than enlivening.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    It's so played out at this point that not even the enjoyably no-nonsense Statham can pump any life into it.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Mark Keizer

    The new film could have benefited from even a moment of genuine reflection. Being a mechanic seems like a thinking man's occupation. The Mechanic, though, barely has a thought in its head.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    It's a pleasure to watch the granite-faced action star do his own stunts, particularly a death-defying leap from a bridge. Yet everything feels hurried.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It's a modestly effective but jaw-droppingly violent picture.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Statham, the specialist in English tough guys who was so affecting in "The Bank Job," has more to offer than The Mechanic has the grace to receive.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    West (Con Air) saturates his imagery in a sickly, sulphurous stew of rotten-egg yellows and oranges, making a mediocre picture downright repellent at times.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Even by the sloppy, soulless standards of hit man movies, The Mechanic is a mess.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    What's remarkable about the remake is its nastiness.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
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