The Mechanic (2011)

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  • IMDb page: The Mechanic (2011)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 52,191 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 28 January 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 93 min
  • Filming Location: AeroPremier Jet Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $40,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $51,070,807(Worldwide)(7 April 2011)
  • Director: Simon West
  • Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland
  • Original Music By: Mark Isham   
  • Soundtrack: WHY BLUES
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Assassin | Apprentice | Death | Mentor | Deception

Writing Credits By:

  • Richard Wenk (screenplay) and
  • Lewis John Carlino (screenplay)
  • Lewis John Carlino (story)

Known Trivia

  • The security camera footage of Jason Statham at the gas station in the finale shows that the date is January 28, 2011. This was also the theatrical release date of the film.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Money Maker”.
  • The “Mechanic Needed” photo of Harry that Bishop sees on his laptop is a publicity still of Donald Sutherland at the 2009 Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala. Another still from this event is the primary photo of Sutherland’s IMDb page.
  • The car Arthur is working on is a Series 1 Jaguar E-Type, manufactured between 1961 and 1968.

Goofs: Factual errors: During Harrys' escape from his office, he sticks scissors in the outlet to kill power to the floor. In reality all this would do is trip the circuit breaker the outlet is wired to, not the entire floor.

Plot: Follows an elite hit man as he teaches his trade to an apprentice who has a connection to one of his previous victims. Full summary »  »

Story: 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.Written by Anonymous  

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Synopsis: The film opens following a man as his plane lands at a private hangar and he makes his way to his mansion with his armed guard escort. The man changes into his swimwear and proceeds to get into his private pool to have a swim. As he swims he notices his watch at the bottom of the pool and swims down to retrieve it. An unknown man grabs the swimming victim and holds him under until he dies. The assassin, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), then uses the chaos that follows to take a careful route out of the mansion and to a nearby river where he jumps in and makes his escape. Back home, Bishop meets with Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland) whom Bishop regards as a friend and mentor figure. Harry pays Bishop for his work in Colombia and discuss Harry’s son Steve McKenna (Ben Foster) before parting ways.

Returning to his house, Bishop checks for his new contract only to find that the new contract is to kill Harry. Bishop phones his employer to verify if the contract is correct and upon confirmation he requests a face to face meeting. Bishop meets with Dean (Tony Goldwyn) who tells him about a failed mission in South Africa in which assassins of the agency Bishop works for were killed. Dean tells Bishop that only two people knew about the mission, Dean and Harry, and that Harry had received money in exchange for the contract details. Bishop reluctantly kills Harry and makes it look like a carjacking. At Harry’s grave Bishop meets Harry’s son, Steve. Steve tells Bishop that he’s going to go out and find any carjacker and kill them as revenge. Bishop secretly follows Steve and interrupts him from killing a carjacker that he had run into. Bishop recognizes the raw potential of Steve and decides to train him as a "Mechanic". He adopts a chihuahua and instructs Steve to take the dog with him to a coffee shop each day at the same time. As Steve settles in to his routine Bishop escalates his training by taking him on a contract to show him what it’s like. After Bishop strangles the man with a belt and stages it to look like an erotic asphyxiation accident, he shows Steve all the planning that went into that assassination.

Bishop informs Steve that he has a contract of his own. The target is a mechanic for another agency named Burke (Jeff Chase), who frequents the same coffee shop Steve has been going to. Furthermore, Steve is told that Burke’s only weaknesses are that he is interested in young men and small dogs (such as the chihuahua they adopted). Burke makes his move on Steve and invites him out to drinks. Bishop instructs Steve to slip a large dose of Rohypnol into Burke’s drink to cause an overdose. Steve ignores this direction and instead goes with Burke to his apartment. As Burke begins to undress, Steve attempts to strangle him with a belt as he had seen Bishop do. They engage in a struggle, and Steve manages to kill Burke after much effort. Bishop is later contacted by Dean, who expresses his disapproval of Bishop’s use of Steve for the Burke contract. Bishop replies that he was given that contract through Harry and not Dean. Angry at his indignation, Dean informs Bishop that he’s on a short leash.Bishop is given a new contract to kill the leader of a cult-like church, Andrew Vaughn (John McConnell). Steve and Bishop plan to inject Vaughn with adrenaline to simulate a heart attack, for which the paramedics would unknowingly administer a fatal second dose of adrenaline. As Bishop and Steve wait in the walls of Vaughn’s hotel room, a doctor arrives and sets Vaughn up with an IV of ketamine. Realizing that the adrenaline overdose would be inhibited by the ketamine, they improvise and quickly suffocate him. When Vaughn is discovered by his guards, Bishop and Steve are found hiding in the walls of the hotel and are forced into a shoot-out with the guards. As the building is being evacuated, Bishop and Steve slip out and Bishop decides they should fly home separately.

At the airport Bishop sees one of the men he was told was killed on the South African mission that Harry had allegedly sold out. During a confrontation with the man, Bishop realizes that his boss, Dean, had tricked him into killing Harry and that it had been Dean who engineered the failed South African mission to cover up his own shady dealings. Having been misled, Bishop begins to get things in order, only to be ambushed by a group of mechanics. After taking them out, he uses one of their phones and discovers that Dean was behind the hit. Racing home, Bishop calls Steve only to find that Steve has also been ambushed at Bishop’s house. Bishop directs Steve to a hidden gun, which Steve uses to kill his ambushers. Steve is waiting for directions when Bishop arrives. Bishop has Steve gather supplies for their new mission, while Bishop prepares to find how to get to Dean. In the process, Steve finds his father’s gun, and realizes that Bishop had killed his father and not carjackers.

After working together to kill Dean, they decide to go to a gas station and during the way to the gas station, Bishop notice Harry’s gun in Steve’s jacket and realizes Steve has discovered the truth. Steve gets out to put gas in the car and adjusts the nozzle so it is pouring on the ground instead of in the tank. With Bishop still in the truck, Steve pulls out Harry’s gun and shoots the gas, blowing up Bishop’s vehicle and the gas station. Steve then returns to Bishop’s house and plays a record on the turntable before going out to the garage and taking the vintage 1966 Jaguar E-Type coupe Bishop had been working on. As he is driving off, Steve notices a note on the seat of the car, which reads: "Steve, if you’re reading this then you’re dead!" Steve laughs and moments later the car explodes killing him. At the same time the record player has finished playing at Bishop’s house and it activates a tripwire, which causes Bishop’s house to also explode. Back at the gas station, a security video reveales that Bishop escaped from his truck moments before Steve blew it up, saving him. Bishop gets in another truck he had by the beach and drives away.

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Produced By:

  • René Besson known as producer
  • Robert Chartoff known as executive producer
  • William Chartoff known as producer (as Bill Chartoff)
  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Joe Gatta known as executive producer
  • Matthew F. Leonetti Jr. known as co-producer (as Matthew Leonetti Jr)
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Danny Lerner known as executive producer
  • Jib Polhemus known as co-producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • David Winkler known as producer
  • Irwin Winkler known as executive producer
  • Marcy Drogin known as executive producer (uncredited)
  • John Thompson known as executive producer (uncredited)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jason Statham known as Arthur Bishop
  • Ben Foster known as Steve McKenna
  • Tony Goldwyn known as Dean
  • Donald Sutherland known as Harry McKenna
  • Jeff Chase known as Burke
  • Mini Anden known as Sarah
  • James Logan known as Jorge Lara
  • Eddie J. Fernandez known as Lara's Guard (as Eddie Fernandez)
  • Joshua Bridgewater known as Car Jacker
  • John McConnell known as Vaughn
  • Christa Campbell known as Kelly
  • Joel Davis known as Husband
  • Mark Nutter known as Mr. Finch (as Mark Anthony Nutter)
  • Ardy Brent Carlson known as Bell Hop
  • Lara Grice known as Mrs. Finch
  • Lance E. Nichols known as Henry (as Lance Nichols)
  • J.D. Evermore known as Gun Runner
  • Ada Michelle Loridans known as Finch's Daughter
  • Linnzi Zaorski known as Jazz Club Singer
  • Dawn Neufeld known as News Reporter #1
  • Molly Rosenblatt known as News Reporter #2
  • Bill Scharpf known as Dean's Driver
  • John Teague known as Ney
  • David Leitch known as Sebastian
  • Jen Ortega known as Lara's Girl #1 (as Jennifer Ortega)
  • LaTeace Towns-Cuellar known as Lara's Girl #2
  • Paul Abraham known as Shuttle Driver
  • David Dahlgren known as Dr. X
  • Stuart Greer known as Ralph
  • Katarzyna Wolejnio known as Maria
  • Larrel France known as Vaughn's Intern
  • Danny Cosmo known as Peasant
  • Derek Schreck known as Security Guard
  • Choop known as 'Arthur' the Dog
  • Beau Brasseaux known as Chicago S.W.A.T (uncredited)
  • Joshua Cardenez known as Jorge Lara Guard at Pool (uncredited)
  • Grant Case known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Kurt Deville known as Steve's Barracade / Bar (uncredited)
  • Elise Fyke known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Geraldine Glenn known as Staff / villager (uncredited)
  • Nick Jones Jr. known as Airport Traveler (uncredited)
  • Mark Krutov known as Dean's Security (uncredited)
  • Gustavo I. Ortiz known as Coffee Shop / Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Ashley Reed known as Bus Patron / Hotel Patron (uncredited)
  • Aaron Saxton known as Swat (uncredited)
  • Lawanda Smith known as Train Traveler (uncredited)
  • Logan Douglas Smith known as Chicago Office Worker (uncredited)
  • Olga Wilhelmine known as Office Employee (uncredited)

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  • Stacy Kelly known as makeup department head
  • Yolanda Mercadel known as key hair stylist
  • Donna Spahn known as department head: hair
  • Aimee Stuit known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • John Blanchard known as construction foreman
  • Forest Fagan known as property master: re-shoot
  • Stephen Finders known as assistant property master
  • Jack Flynn known as construction buyer
  • Austin Graham known as painter
  • Jon Graubarth known as prop buyer
  • Charles Guanci Jr. known as property master
  • Caleb Guillotte known as art department coordinator
  • Todd Harris known as storyboard artist
  • J.D. Jacoby known as assistant props man
  • J.D. Jacoby known as props buyer
  • Kristin Lekki known as art department assistant
  • Kristin Lekki known as graphic designer
  • Robert McClellan known as painter
  • David J. Negron Jr. known as storyboard artist
  • Danny Nick known as gang boss
  • Pat A. O'Connor known as leadman
  • Jared Pendergrass known as second assistant property
  • Pavel Pesta known as paint foreman
  • Wayne Softley Jr. known as painter
  • Brent Stewart known as foreman
  • Chuck Stringer known as construction coordinator
  • Charles Tatum known as construction utility
  • Timothy Taylor known as on set greens
  • David Warburton known as on-set dresser
  • Andrew Wert known as property master: second unit
  • Niko Zahlten known as set dresser
  • Robert J. Moore Jr. known as carpenter (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Millennium Films (presents)
  • Chartoff-Winkler Productions (as Chartoff Winkler)
  • Nu Image Entertainment GmbH (as Nu Image)

Other Companies:

  • AeroPremier Jet Center  special thanks
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera car
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Cineworks Digital Studios  dailies film lab
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Digital Post Services  delivery and international servicing
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • EMS Payroll  extras payroll
  • Fairfield Studios  adr recording
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Getty Images  special thanks
  • Global Tactical Services  security services
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • Horizon Entertainment  production services
  • Leonetti Company  Chapman camera dollies (as Leonetti Company Louisiana)
  • Leonetti Company  lighting equipment (as Leonetti Company Louisiana)
  • LoopEase  loop group
  • Los Angeles Rag House  grip and lighting equipment
  • Louisiana Entertainment  state film office
  • Maison Post  post-production
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • Movie Movers  transportation
  • New Orleans Lakefront Airport & Tenants Association  special thanks (as New Orleans Lakefront Airport)
  • Second Line Stages  sound stages
  • Silver Screen Supply  production supplies
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility
  • Wildfire Studios  post-production sound services
  • Wildfire Studios  sound re-recording

Distributors:

  • Alfa Films (2011) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Benelux Film Distributors (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Blu Cinematografica (2010) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • CBS Films (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Golden Village Pictures (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Incognito Films (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • MVP Entertainment (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Metropolitan Filmexport (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Showgate (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Viva International Pictures (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Aurum Producciones (2011) (Spain) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2010) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2010) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Odeon (2010) (Greece) (all media)
  • Pris Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Ivaylo Andonov known as digital compositor
  • Richard Aponte known as digital compositor
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Bradley M. Baxter known as digital compositor
  • Brian N. Bentley known as compositor
  • David Blemur known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Cheng known as lead visual effects artist
  • Natalie Coon known as digital artist
  • Chris M. Cooper known as visual effects artist
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Alexandre Daigle known as visual effects network administrator supervisor
  • Robert Nicholas Dauphinais known as digital compositor
  • Kevin Del Colle known as digital film scanner
  • Dusty Emerson known as lead artist
  • Joshua Garza known as visual effects artist
  • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor
  • James Going known as visual effects artist
  • John B. Gray known as digital compositor
  • Glen Grefe known as digital compositor
  • Nathan Grubbs known as digital compositor
  • Errol Hanse known as visual effects artist
  • Brandt Harris known as visual effects artist
  • Jack Hebert known as visual effects artist
  • Chad Herrada known as compositor
  • Travis Howe known as technical support
  • Pavel Hristov known as digital compositor
  • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as visual effects artist
  • Matthew S. Jennings known as visual effects coordinator
  • Brandon Tyler Johnston known as digital compositor
  • Kalin Krumov known as digital compositor
  • Thomas Kuo known as digital film scanner
  • Alvado Landaberde known as visual effects artist
  • Alexander Llanos known as visual effects artist
  • Jonathon Luke known as digital compositor
  • Carson Majors known as visual effects artist
  • Yael Majors known as 3d artist
  • Ajoy Mani known as visual effects post supervisor
  • Ryan Markley known as visual effects artist
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects
  • Alberto Tito Matos Jr. known as visual effects artist
  • Austin Meyers known as lead artist
  • Wes Meyers known as digital compositor
  • Chris Montesano known as digital compositor
  • Greg Nelson known as studio visual effects supervisor
  • Glenn Neufeld known as visual effects supervisor
  • Esteban Olide known as digital compositor
  • Nikolay Pachov known as visual effects editor
  • Kyoung Kay Park known as visual effects artist
  • Greg Peck known as quality control
  • Greg Peck known as visual effects artist
  • Nick Peshunoff known as vfx coordinators and qc supervisor
  • Tremell Pittman known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Stephen H. Porter known as additional photography
  • Stephen H. Porter known as vfx lead artist
  • Amy Putrynski known as visual effects artist
  • Matthew Ramsaur known as digital compositor
  • Cory R. Reed known as quality control (as Cory Reed)
  • Joshua Rivas known as digital compositor
  • Christina Robinson known as visual effects artist
  • Sean Rowe known as digital film scanner
  • Andrew Sagar known as compositing supervisor
  • Dustin Scholl known as digital compositor
  • William Tatum III known as digital compositor
  • Brandon Taylor known as digital compositor
  • Jason Thomas known as digital compositor
  • Drew Tobin known as digital compositor
  • Mani Trump known as digital compositor
  • Chris W. Tucker known as quality control
  • Eric A. Tuxen known as visual effects editor
  • David Van Woert known as visual effects producer
  • Juvenal Vique known as compositor
  • Melissa Whitcomb known as digital compositor
  • Glenn Neufeld known as visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Miklós Polgár known as digital compositor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Russia 13 January 2011
  • Estonia 21 January 2011
  • USA 25 January 2011 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Greece 27 January 2011
  • Israel 27 January 2011
  • Kazakhstan 27 January 2011
  • Kuwait 27 January 2011
  • Bulgaria 28 January 2011
  • Canada 28 January 2011
  • Ireland 28 January 2011
  • Lithuania 28 January 2011
  • UK 28 January 2011
  • USA 28 January 2011
  • Iran 30 January 2011
  • Ukraine 3 February 2011
  • Philippines 9 February 2011
  • Malaysia 17 February 2011
  • Singapore 17 February 2011
  • Spain 25 February 2011
  • Netherlands 17 March 2011
  • Portugal 17 March 2011
  • Brazil 18 March 2011
  • Croatia 24 March 2011
  • Argentina 31 March 2011
  • France 3 April 2011 (Beaune Film Festival)
  • Belgium 6 April 2011
  • France 6 April 2011
  • Germany 7 April 2011
  • Hungary 7 April 2011
  • Mexico 22 April 2011
  • Norway 13 May 2011
  • Peru 2 June 2011
  • Sweden 3 August 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 13 August 2011
  • Italy 24 August 2011
  • Chile 15 September 2011
  • Pakistan 14 October 2011

MPAA: Rated R for strong brutal violence throughout, language, some sexual content and nudity

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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