Sunday, February 20, 2011

the mechanic 2011

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The Mechanic is a 2011 American thriller film starring Jason Statham as the title character. The film, directed by Simon West, is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name that starred Charles Bronson. Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, a professional assassin who hunts down the murderers of his friend Harry (Donald Sutherland). Though Bishop works alone, he reluctantly lets Harry's son Steve (Ben Foster) accompany him in the hunt, training him as an assassin. It is scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on January 28, 2011.


Cast
* Jason Statham as Arthur Bishop
* Ben Foster as Steve McKenna
* Donald Sutherland as Harry McKenna
* Christa Campbell as Kelly
* Nick Jones as Airport Traveler
* Amber Fleck Gaiennie as Office Worker
* Jeff Chase as Burke
* Liam Ferguson as Parent


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.

Production
The Mechanic is directed by Simon West and stars Jason Statham as the title character. The film is a remake of the 1972 film of the same name that starred Charles Bronson. The original film's producers, Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, sought to make an updated film, and pre-rights to the remake were sold at the Berlin Film Festival in February 2009. (Variety reported that the screenplay was written by Karl Gajdusek.) West and Statham were announced as part of the project the following May. In October 2009, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland were cast alongside Statham. Filming began on October 14, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana and lasted for nine weeks. Filming locations included St. Tammany Parish, the World Trade Center building in downtown New Orleans, and the Algiers Seafood Market.

Release
The film is scheduled to be released in the United States and Canada on January 28, 2011. Millennium Films sold U.S. distribution rights to CBS Films for the 2011 release. The film is expected to perform well with male audiences with its release a week before Super Bowl XLVI



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