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  • Summary: Arthur Bishop 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 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. (CBS Films)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jan 28, 2011
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Josh Modell
    Jan 27, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Jan 26, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jan 26, 2011
    As it is, The Mechanic is ham-fisted pulp, like Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" taking itself seriously.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Jan 27, 2011
    It'd be nice if Jason Statham and Ben Foster, The Mechanic's mentor/protege duo, could crack a smile. Once.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jan 28, 2011
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jan 27, 2011
    What's remarkable about the remake is its nastiness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Feb 5, 2011
    An explosive action movie with Jason Statham at its best. I believe its an all around action thriller. Its packed to the brim with explosions, headshots and even a destructive car chase. The Mechanic certainly fixed things well for me to enjoy this movie from begining to end. Well worth a watch Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2011
    The discrepancy between the critic and civilian scores on this movie is interesting. It's actually quite a good movie of its type - an action thriller. Both Jason Statham and Ben Foster do excellent jobs as the protagonists, the plot is fun, the villain is villainous. It moves along crisply and I thought it was better than the Charles Bronson original (which is pretty good considering this one doesn't have Charles Bronson). If you want a straightforward action flick you'll enjoy this one. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2011
    Love the action!!!
    Soundtrack gets annoying towards the end of the movie 'cos they're all the same...
    Story is pretty typical - lacks any
    & it was written in a somewhat childish way, especially at the end...
    it was really between 7 and 8
    'cos i really liked the action, and the sound effect fuses with the action itself quite well...
  4. Feb 20, 2011
    Not a bad action/thriller movie. I always enjoyed Jason Statham movies...sure they are a lil outrageous (Crank, Transporter) but I enjoy those kind of action movies and this has plenty of action. A decent cast, not cheesy lines, plot is good, didnt really fool me but overall its a decent popcorn flick that shouldnt be taken to seriously. Expand
  5. Feb 7, 2011
    At this point, when I go to a Jason Statham movie it is very hard to be disappointed.

    The list of things that will be contained in such a
    film is short and sweet: car chases, gun fights, fist fights/martial arts and the occasional nude scene.

    Occasionally, there is a surprise where his films really kick it up a notch, like anytime Statham worked with British director Guy Ritchie or the very well conceived â
  6. May 18, 2011
    what is the most surprising aspect is that, the movie has a good tone of vibrant colors which are rich and delivers the same old fashioned action stuff in 90 minutes. the way it begins is something to be noteworthy. the beginning stunt will decide the way the movie is going to turn. once from that we always realize that it is full of action. so considering the action movies in general, what we expect is some good doses of action scenes with hint of novelty in execution. to the most surprising factor, the action scenes are not up to the mark when compared to previous jason sthatham movies. there are nearly 5-6 scenes which involve crude violence. after the first scene, the movie takes a stroll in the park, for about 30 minutes. may be the director had lost his mind to continue the plot and so connects the vengence drama in between. after drinking some water, which he decided after sometime, he brought back the story to life. but now the viewers are already exhausted. director would not mind a few minutes of break. so thats how the cliched first half raps up. when viewers are back on seats, the director promises novel action scenes in second half and with some twists in the climax, movie goes to a full heap potential. some where the movie lost and some where it regained. the last scenes of the movie would infact be surprising but, i do not think so it was a perfect end. looks like a classy! vengence drama filled with action scenes and some interludes of script called the mechanic. vulnerable trained and persons who does assignments to clean targets silently. looks like the director had his last few drops of ink and might have been frustrated with the way the narrative went. he did not cleanly do the assignment here, there were lot of mishaps and content weakness. the mechanic -- imposed itself for jason sthatham only. rest characters are filled and cliched with lack of emotions and life to them. together we can conclude that the movie is no special here. regular doses of action, vengence effect and some dejavu feeling. disturbing for younger generations and even not appealing for all classes of audiences. only action movie lovers would like it. but i would get a feel if expendables was way better than this one. but both of them share a thing in common , lack of script and narration... let me say that depends on your personal interest and if you are a die hard fan of jason sthatham , then keep the initial stunt and the climax stunt in your mind. forget the rest. not worth the penny. Expand
  7. Apr 10, 2011
    This movie suffers from a really big problem: not enough Statham. Seriously. I was expecting a Jason Statham movie. What I got was an extremely weak buddy movie about some other guy we don't know anything about, except for that his dad got shot. Jason Statham works best alone. Crank? Solo act. Transporter? Solo act. This? Crap. Statham barely does anything cool throughout this entire movie, his sidekick either gets the good scenes or completely ruins everything with Jason in it. Not recommended, not even if you really, really like Jason Statham. Expand

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