The Mechanic

Theatrical Release: January 28, 2011
The Mechanic


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

Dove Review

Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) basically plays a killing machine, a contract assassin who can kill people without remorse or blinking. The film’s story focuses on what happens when he is assigned to kill the man who taught him everything he knows, in other words his former mentor. Yet despite the fact he is a violent man who sleeps with a hooker, drinks and uses a lot of strong language, he feels the need to show an interest for his former mentor’s son. This makes for one of the few really good things about the movie and yet the very nature of what he teaches the son contradicts a lot of the good intentions he has. In addition, the need for revenge is a big theme in the movie.

This film is rife with profanity, bloody violence, sex and a ton of drinking. Therefore, we can’t come close to awarding the movie our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Sex between unmarried people; some sexual thrusting seen between couple; frank sexual comments and innuendos; porno briefly seen on computer and two topless women are kissing each other; a comment is made about a man who likes little boys.
Language: J-3 (One used with F); GD-1; G/OMG-1; F-17; S-10; D-1; Slang for female genitalia-1
Violence: Several killings and shootings; a man's house is shot up; a man is drowned by another man; photos of dead corpses seen; dead body floats in pool; some bloody scenes including blood spraying from body; a character is hit by a car.
Drugs: Smoking; a pipe collection is seen; the drinking of champagne and whiskey and beer and wine; a man is instructed to use a date rape drug on a character; a marijuana cigarette is smoked.
Nudity: Exposed breasts are seen; rear female nudity; the rear of a naked male corpse is seen; shirtless man; porno image on computer.
Other: Jump scenes; a father and daughter argue; a theme of seeking revenge by a few characters.


Company: CBS Films
Writer: Richard Wenk & Lewis John Carlino
Director: Simon West
Producer: René Besson
Genre: Action
Runtime: 92 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter