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5.0 out of 5 stars The Mechanic - Bronson at his coolest best as he `fixes' problems for the mob, 11 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: The Mechanic [DVD] [1972] (DVD)
You won't hear me say this very often, but this is a Michael Winner film that I enjoy, and I consider to be a bit of a classic. In the second (I think) of his collaborations with Charles Bronson we are treated to a snappily paced and rather cool story of a mob hitman (Bronson) and his dealings with his apprentice (the slightly miscast Jan-Michael Vincent).

The first fifteen minutes or are entirely without dialogue. It's a brave director to do that, but it works superbly. Bronson is so well cast as the taciturn Bishop, going about his business quietly and efficiently, exuding an aurora of cool machismo with a hint of danger. He is totally magnetic and you can't keep your eyes off him. Things take a turn for the worse when Jan-Michael Vincent turns up, no one could accuse him of being a great actor, but he manages to go through his lines competently enough and his natural air of arrogance and superiority actually compliments his character. Winner directs with a bit more imagination than normal, producing a film with regular exciting action sequences but with a cracking underlying story that really gets you interested.

Probably the best Bronson picture I have seen, and definitely the best of Winners. Excellent, 5 stars.
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