The Mechanic (2011 film)

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The Mechanic
The shape of a handgun, made up from an arrangement of many other guns
Teaser poster
Directed bySimon West
Produced byIrwin Winkler
Robert Chartoff
David Winkler
William Chartoff
Screenplay byLewis John Carlino
Richard Wenk
Story byLewis John Carlino
Narrated byJason Statham
StarringJason Statham
Ben Foster
Music byMark Isham
CinematographyEric Schmidt
Editing byT.G. Herrington
Todd E. Miller
Distributed byCBS Films (USA)
Momentum Pictures Lionsgate (UK)
Metropolitan Filmexport (France)
Release date(s)
  • January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)
Running time93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$51,070,807[1]
 
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The Mechanic
The shape of a handgun, made up from an arrangement of many other guns
Teaser poster
Directed bySimon West
Produced byIrwin Winkler
Robert Chartoff
David Winkler
William Chartoff
Screenplay byLewis John Carlino
Richard Wenk
Story byLewis John Carlino
Narrated byJason Statham
StarringJason Statham
Ben Foster
Music byMark Isham
CinematographyEric Schmidt
Editing byT.G. Herrington
Todd E. Miller
Distributed byCBS Films (USA)
Momentum Pictures Lionsgate (UK)
Metropolitan Filmexport (France)
Release date(s)
  • January 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)
Running time93 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[1]
Box office$51,070,807[1]

The Mechanic is a 2011 American action thriller film starring Jason Statham as the title character. Directed by Simon West, it is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent. Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, a professional assassin who specializes in making his hits look like accidents, suicides or the acts of petty criminals.[2] It was released in the United States and Canada on January 28, 2011.

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Plot

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.[3]

Movie

A plane lands at a private hangar, and the lone passenger makes his way to his mansion with an armed escort. When he goes to have a swim in his pool, he notices his watch at the bottom of the pool and retrieves it. A stranger suddenly grabs the swimmer and holds him under until he dies. The assassin, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), escapes in the ensuing chaos to a nearby river, where he jumps in and makes his getaway. Bishop later meets with his friend and mentor, Harry McKenna (Donald Sutherland), who pays Bishop for his work in Colombia. They discuss Harry's son, Steve (Ben Foster), before parting ways.

At his house, Bishop checks for his new contract only to find that he is to kill Harry. Bishop's employer confirms by phone that the contract is correct, whereupon Bishop requests a face-to-face meeting. Dean (Tony Goldwyn) tells Bishop about a failed mission in South Africa, in which assassins of Bishop's agency were killed. Dean relates that only two people knew about the mission—himself and Harry—and that Harry had been paid for the contract details. Bishop reluctantly kills Harry with his own gun and makes it look like a carjacking. The handgun is inscribed on one side with the Latin quotation, "amat victoria curam" and on the other side with the English translation, "victory loves preparation." At his funeral, Bishop meets Steve, who tells Bishop that he's going to kill any carjacker as revenge. Bishop secretly follows Steve and interrupts him before he carries out his plan. 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. Bishop strangles the man with a belt, stages it to look like an erotic asphyxiation accident, and 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 to which Steve has been taking the dog. Burke's only weaknesses are that he is interested in young men and small dogs. 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. Burke begins to undress, and Steve attempts to strangle him with a belt as Bishop had done. Steve manages to kill Burke after much effort. Dean expresses his disapproval of Bishop's use of Steve for the Burke contract, but 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 Andrew Vaughn (John McConnell), the leader of a cult-like church. Steve and Bishop plan to inject Vaughn with adrenaline to simulate a heart attack, for which the paramedics would unknowingly administer a fatal dose of epinephrine. While 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 which would counteract the epinephrine, they improvise and quickly suffocate him. When Vaughn is found by his guards, Bishop and Steve are discovered and are forced into a shootout with the guards. Bishop and Steve slip out while the building is being evacuated, and Bishop decides they should fly home separately.

At the airport, Bishop sees one of the men he was told had been killed on the South African mission that Harry had allegedly sold out. Bishop realizes during a confrontation with the man that Dean had tricked him into killing Harry and that it had been Dean who engineered the failed 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 discovers that Dean was behind the hit. Bishop races home to call 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. Bishop has Steve gather supplies for their new mission while he plots how to get to Dean. In the process Steve finds his father's gun and realizes that Bishop, not carjackers, had killed Harry.

Bishop and Steve work together to kill Dean. Afterwards, on the way to a fuel station, Bishop notices Harry's gun in Steve's jacket and realizes Steve has discovered the truth. Steve gets out to put fuel in the truck but adjusts the nozzle so it pours on the ground instead of in the tank. With Bishop still in the truck, Steve pulls out his father's gun and shoots the gas, blowing up Bishop's vehicle and the station with it. Steve returns to Bishop's house, plays a record on the turntable, then takes out of the garage the vintage 1966 Jaguar E-Type Bishop had been working on. As he is driving off, Steve notices a note on the passenger seat which reads: "Steve, if you're reading this then you're dead!" Steve laughs at the message, but, moments later, the car explodes, killing him. At the same time, the record player at Bishop's house finishes playing, activating a tripwire, which causes Bishop's house to also explode. In the grass after the explosion, the camera zooms in on Harry's handgun and the quotation "victory loves preparation." Back at the gas station, a security video reveals that Bishop had escaped from his truck moments before Steve blew it up. Unknown to Steve before he blew the truck Bishop already jumped out and he only destroyed the station. Bishop gets in another truck he had by the beach and drives away.

Cast

Production

Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, producers of the 1972 original Mechanic, sought to make an update. Pre-rights to the remake were sold in February 2009 at the Berlin Film Festival. (Variety reported that the screenplay was written by Karl Gajdusek.) Director Simon West and Jason Statham were announced as part of the project three months later.[4] Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland were cast alongside Statham in October 2009.[5] Filming began in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 14 and lasted for nine weeks.[6] Filming locations included St. Tammany Parish,[7] the World Trade Center in downtown New Orleans[8] and the Algiers Seafood Market.[9]

Music

The Mechanic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Film score by Mark Isham
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2011
Length71:36
LabelMIM Records
Mark Isham chronology
The Crazies
(2010)
The Mechanic
(2011)
The Factory
(2011)

The soundtrack music is by Mark Isham, with the exception of Franz Schubert's 1827 Trio No. 2 in E-flat major for piano, violin, and violoncello, D. 929, which is played when Bishop returns from a mission.

All songs written and composed by Mark Isham

The Mechanic: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No.TitleLength
1."Barranquilla"  1:22
2."Drowning"  3:11
3."Bayou"  1:17
4."Liquor Fairy"  1:17
5."Coffee Shop to Bar"  0:46
6."I Want a Meeting"  2:31
7."Poisoned the Well"  2:07
8."Amat Victoria Curam"  20:58
9."Looking Back"  0:33
10."Carjack"  2:35
11."I Wanna Know What You Know"  1:44
12."Up Close"  2:35
13."Up Close (Alternate Version)"  2:34
14."Chihuahuas and Boys"  1:54
15."Don't Get in His Car"  1:37
16."Anger, and a Place to Put It"  3:58
17."An Outside Individual"  1:53
18."I'm Not a Reverend (Vaughn's Setup Part 1)"  1:14
19."Vaughn's Setup Part 2"  4:37
20."Vaughn's Hit Part 1"  2:27
21."They're in the Wall (Vaughn's Hit Part 2)"  2:45
22."They Played You So Easily"  3:47
23."Left Side Cushion"  3:51
24."Fingers, Wrist, Elbow?"  2:17
25."Save the Fuel, I'm Coming for You"  4:46
26."Gun Sting"  0:35
27."Vengeance is the Mission"  3:16
28."The Mechanic"  3:07
29."Original 1m1 (Bonus Track)"  1:29

Release

Theatrical run

The Mechanic was released in the United States and Canada on January 28, 2011. Millennium Films sold U.S. distribution rights to CBS Films for the release. It was expected to perform well with male audiences, with its release a week before Super Bowl XLV.[10]

The film grossed $11.4 million on its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada. To date it has grossed a total of $29.1 million in those countries and $16.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $45.8 million.[1]

Critical reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives The Mechanic a score of 53% based on reviews from 150 critics, and reports a rating average of 5.6 out of 10.[11] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film received an average score of 49% based on 35 reviews.[12]

Roger Ebert awarded the film two out of four stars and said, "Audiences have been drilled to accept noise and movement as entertainment. It is done so well one almost forgets to ask why it has been done at all."[13]

TV advertisement ban

On 1 June 2011, the BBC website confirmed that the TV advertisement for this film had been banned from television by the Advertising Watchdog.[14]

The TV commercial was broadcast during the teen show Glee and received 13 viewer complaints. The advert reportedly showed "a man's head exploding" and showed a "stream of violent imagery" according to the Advertising Standards Authority.

References

  1. ^ a b c "The Mechanic (2011)". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mechanic.htm. Retrieved 2011-04-04. 
  2. ^ "The Mechanic". ComingSoon.net. CraveOnline. http://www3.comingsoon.net/films.php?id=54702. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0472399/
  4. ^ McNary, Dave (May 7, 2009). "West gives 'Mechanic' an overhaul". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003364. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin (October 14, 2009). "Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118009959. 
  6. ^ Scott, Mike (October 26, 2009). "Hollywood South is heating up as the weather cools down". The Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/movies/index.ssf/2009/10/hollywood_south_is_heating_up.html. 
  7. ^ Alexander-Bloch, Benjamin (October 26, 2009). "Jason Statham back in action locally -- this time in St. Tammany". The Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2009/10/hollywood_comes_to_the_north_s.html. 
  8. ^ Scott, Mike (November 17, 2009). "'The Mechanic' brings eerie scenes to life in New Orleans". The Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/movies/index.ssf/2009/11/post_27.html. 
  9. ^ Scott, Mike (November 18, 2009). "'The Mechanic' film crews to light up Algiers neighborhood for explosive sequence". The Times-Picayune. http://www.nola.com/movies/index.ssf/2009/11/post_28.html. 
  10. ^ Kay, Jeremy (August 8, 2010). "Millennium sells US rights on The Mechanic to CBS Films". Screen Daily. http://www.screendaily.com/news/distribution/millennium-sells-us-rights-on-the-mechanic-to-cbs-films/5016808.article. 
  11. ^ "The Mechanic Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mechanic/. Retrieved April 23, 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Mechanic". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-mechanic. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  13. ^ Ebert, Robert (January 26, 2011). "The Mechanic". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110126/REVIEWS/110129981. 
  14. ^ "The Mechanic film advert banned from television". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-13600900/. Retrieved June 1, 2011. 

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