The Mechanic
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Leah Rozen, TheWrap
"Statham is a model of control; he's steely and graceful in his action scenes, and his interplay with the wiry Foster delivers the goods."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"A brainless and easily-forgettable thriller."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"If you're looking for substance, character development, and an engaging storyline, you'll sadly be disappointed as this film is seriously lacking in all three of those areas."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"... a minor pleasure to see an action film that makes a virtue of lean, mean action stripped to the essence."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"The Mechanic is like a Beretta loaded with blanks -- quick and brutal but ultimately empty."
‑ Una LaMarche, New York Observer
"The new stunts are explosive, over-the-top and a sign of the times -- action fans aren't happy these days, it seems, unless at least one scene involves a jackknifing 18-wheeler and a fireball."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Somewhat faithful to the original, but a stupendously violent fiasco that weasels its way into being unlikable."
‑ Roger Moore, Movie Nation
"Statham has slowly become this generations' Bruce Willis, combining a quiet and sly screen persona with the ability to kick major ass when called upon"
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
"A passable, but emotionally empty, action film that fails to capitalize on its interesting characters."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Clinging to false heroism and terrified of anything too dark, The Mechanic is a tough-guy movie for wimps."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Betrayal, sympathy and regret are central to the story, but there's hardly any room for such feelings amid the clockwork carnage."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"[Simon West] goes for headshots, stabbings and other dispatches that are the antithesis of modern PG-13 action filmmaking."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"The Mechanic will be a decent time-killer for Statham fans, but it's another black mark against the name of director Simon West."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"Jason Statham is quickly becoming the 21st century's Bruce Willis -- I am convinced that when the apocalypse comes, the only things left surviving on the planet will be cockroaches and this Derbyshire-born bloke."
‑ Grae Drake,
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