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In a civil society, there are few professions more reprehensible than that of hitman, cleaner, assassin, a job that, by definition, requires the death of another human being to exist at all. In real life, you wouldn't want to meet a hitman, let alone get to know one, but Hollywood hitmen are often far more interesting, engaging, relatable and...handsome, like Brad Pitt in his new movie, Killing Them Softly. Of course, it wouldn't be fair to dismiss Pitt's second go-round — the first being John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith — as a contender for the movie hitmen hall of fame based solely on his looks, so we'll reserve judgment until Killing Them Softly debuts on Friday. In the meantime, help us determine what sort of competition Pitt's Jackie Cogan is up against by ranking the best movie hitmen of all time.
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Weeknights after the movies Posted 11.26.12 by BrentJS
Like The Rite, this remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson pic is exceeding late January release expectations.
"...more of the kind of character-driven suspense audiences often say they want. Whether they actually do remains to be seen in the weekend's grosses."— Luke Y. Thompson, E! Online
"...it's bloody fun."— Josh Modell, Onion AV Club
"While somewhat low-octane by today's action standards, the mix of revenge elements and the Statham-Ben Foster relationship should keep audiences off-balance and moderately involved..."— Brian Lowry, Variety
"...The Mechanic is ham-fisted pulp, like Robert Rodriguez's Machete taking itself seriously. It's enough to make you want to see Jason Statham take a break from B movies and become the A-list character actor he deserves to be."— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"[This] frantic, numbing redo of the Charles Bronson original is for hardcore [Jason] Statham and action fans only."— Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
See more The Mechanic reviews. Posted 01.28.11 by reelz
Even though British actor Jason Statham got his start in the Guy Ritchie-directed gangster comedies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, he has become the heir apparent to action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis thanks to his performances in the Transporter and Crank franchises. Statham's status as one of Hollywood's top action stars was even given the seal of approval by Stallone himself when he was hired for a leading role in the action hero-heavy cast of The Expendables. Next up, Statham will be stepping into action movie legend Charles Bronson's shoes in the remake of the 1972 movie The Mechanic. In a recent interview with Collider, Statham talked about working with top-notch talent on The Mechanic, holding out for The Expendables 2, and why shooting action scenes is so much more gratifying than dramatic scenes. what did Statham say? >> Posted 01.26.11 by BrentJS
Director Simon West's last move was 2006's When a Stranger Calls, a remake of the 1979 horror classic. West is dipping into the 1970's again with his latest movie, The Mechanic, which is a remake of a 1972 action movie that starred Charles Bronson as a hitman who takes on an apprentice (Jan-Michael Vincent).
Fans of the original movie probably find a remake to be sacrosanct, but West told CraveOnline that his version was based entirely on the original's screenplay after producer Irwin Winkler brought West on board the project. Con Air 2? >> Posted 01.26.11 by Ryan
Great hit men aren't born, they're trained. Or rebooted. Or both, as is the case with this week's The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 Charles Bronson movie with the same title. When you're done watching super-assassin Jason Statham putting newbie Ben Foster through his paces in the The Mechanic¸ we recommend looking back to 1994, when a dizzyingly precocious Natalie Portman entered Jean Reno's training program in The Professional, a movie that's currently playing on Encore. Get schooled by these two assassin movies >> Posted 01.26.11 by reelz
Donald Sutherland's role in the upcoming remake of The Mechanic won't be a lead role, but it will be a pivotal one, a habit Sutherland has created with roles in movies like JFK and The Italian Job, among others. In a webchat with Empire, Sutherland had another way to describe it: "My job is to go in and die, and I love it."
Sutherland's latest dying character is The Mechanic's Harry McKenna, the mentor of an elite assassin (Jason Statham) whose death is the catalyst for the partnership between Statham and Sutherland's son (Ben Foster). During the webchat, Sutherland called the experience of working on The Mechanic "blissful," and praised the movie's direction and performances, revealing that The Mechanic rises above the average action movie. what was so "blissful"? >> Posted 01.18.11 by Ryan
CBS Films has released three new preview clips from director Simon West's (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) new action movie, The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 movie that stared Charles Bronson.
Jason Statham stars as Arthur Bishop, an elite assassin known for making "clean" kills and for remaining dispassionate about his work. But, when Bishop's close friend and mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), is murdered, Bishop breaks his own rules by making his next assignment a personal one—finding and executing his friend's killers. Though he is used to working alone, Bishop feels compelled to take on Harry's son, Steve (Ben Foster), as his apprentice, and a hit-team partnership is born. MORE >> Posted 01.15.11 by BrentJS
After releasing two of 2010's biggest bombs with Extraordinary Measures and The Back-Up Plan, CBS Films has been concentrating on edgy, action movies like Faster and director Simon West's (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) upcoming movie, The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 movie that starred Charles Bronson. But will The Mechanic deliver? The recently released red band trailer for The Mechanic tries to give action fans what they like: a song from Rage Against the Machine, cars driving through city buses, juxtaposing images of nudity with flames, a double-crossing villain (Tony Goldwyn), and Jason Statham. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.04.11 by Ryan
A new preview clip has been released online for director Simon West's (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider) latest movie, The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 movie that stared Charles Bronson. This action-packed new clip highlights the expertise of the title character, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham), an elite assassin renowned for his "clean" kills and detachment from his craft. However, when his mentor, Harry (Donald Sutherland), is murdered, Bishop makes finding his friend's killers a personal vendetta. His mission becomes complicated when Harry's son, Steve (Ben Foster), approaches him asking to be taught the ways of an assassin so that he can get his own retribution against those who murdered his father. watch the new preview clip >> Posted 12.29.10 by BrentJS
ComingSoon has debuted a new trailer for The Mechanic from director Simon West (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider). A remake of 1972's The Mechanic starring Charles Bronson and Jan-Michael Vincent, the movie follows an assassin (Jason Statham) who takes on an apprentice (Ben Foster) to avenge the death of Statham's mentor (Donald Sutherland). A teaser trailer premiered in March while the movie looked for a distributor. CBS Films, who are looking to break into the action movie genre with the release of Faster later this month picked up The Mechanic.
A new poster for The Mechanic has also debuted, which uses guns to create a larger silhouette of a gun, which serves to remind audiences that the movie will feature guns. The Mechanic is scheduled to open on January 28. Watch the trailer >> Posted 11.16.10 by Ryan