Male Bonding Goes to the Extreme in The Mechanic
- Monday, January 31, 2011
So will the friends that kill together stay together, and should you even care? While I'm guessing there's a far better way to encourage the importance of guys opening up a little, The Mechanic is a notch above its more brainless predecessors. Still, this small nugget of wisdom comes at a very high price, namely that staggering body count that Arthur and Steve don't really care all that much about, even as they're growing up—and becoming better versions of their morally flexible selves.
Drugs/Alcohol: Copious amounts of alcohol are consumed in several scenes, and Steve is shown inebriated a couple of times. Steve is also a chain-smoker, and one time he uses marijuana instead of your standard-issue cigarettes. Drugs are occasionally used as part of the kill, too.
Language/Profanity: The "f" word and sh-- are the screenwriters' favorite expletives of choice, plus Jesus' name is paired with f--- on one occasion. God's name also misused with da-- on several times.
Sex/Nudity: One of Arthur's victims is arranged in a manner that looks he was engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation when he died. To strengthen the case, Arthur has porn playing in the background with two women caressing and licking each other's breasts. Steve engages in a bit of rough sex with a random stranger he meets in a bar (no explicit nudity). After Arthur has sex with an acquaintance, the camera lingers on their naked bodies, save for their genitals, which are blocked from view.
Violence: If you're squeamish about violence, particularly, gory, graphic and bloody violence, this won't be the movie for you. From the opening reel, The Mechanic isn't shy about ending human life in spectacular, bone-crunching fashion. Men are shot, strangled, slashed, gouged, hacked, kicked and even burst open, thanks to a garbage truck's forklift. In one scene, a camera cable is shoved down the victim's throat.
Religion: One of Arthur's targets is a con man who proclaims that he's "The New Messiah." Not only does he say that he's got "the Spirit's work to do" but he claims he's also "touched by God."
Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog.
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