Mechanic, The (2011)

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

FILM SYNOPSIS: 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.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I’m a fan of Jason Staham (Transporter 1, 2 and 3), a solid action actor, but the one-up on the original film is that the action is nearly endless, the violence more brutal, and of course, the language is excessive, not just indicating the mentality of the thuggish characters, but the lack of the filmmakers’ imagination.

I have to admit, I remember liking the original with Charles Bronson back in the ‘70s. But, as you know, I don’t like hearing God’s name or Christ’s misused in the name of entertainment. Now, before anyone begins rolling their eyes at this, my frequent complaint, keep in mind – at one point, a character interjects the f-word between the names Jesus Christ. Still rolling your eyes?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
CBS Films

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Around 30 obscenities, mostly a combo of the f- and s-words; there are also a couple of crude sexual terms.

Profanity: Five or so objectionable uses of God’s name or Christ’s.

Violence: The violence is graphic and runs throughout out. Blood: Lots of blood – pools of blood – blood sprayed from wounds – blood gushing from a screwdriver thrust into a body – etc.

Sex: The violent action is separated by provocative sexual encounters; sex between hookers or strangers; homosexual activity.

Nudity: Brief nudity and several shots of women scantily clad.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Drinking smoking and drug use.

Other: None

Running Time: 92 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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