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The Mechanik

The MechanikThe all-action, edge-of-your-seat
  thriller, The Mechanik, comes to DVD
  in a hail of bullets — promising you
  a nail-biting ride into the realms of
  Russian gangsters with a kidnapping
  and the launch of an heroic, all-out
  rescue
...”


ARCHETYPAL RUGGED ALL-ACTION SUPERSTAR Dolph Lundgren heats up the screen in his adrenaline-pumping thriller: The Mechanik. Starring as former Russian Special Forces trooper Nicolai (Nick) Cherenko, Lundgren (Universal Soldier) takes the credit on both sides of the camera for the second time (his first film as Director/Star was The Defender) and he also came up with the idea for the story. This film is a credit to his art on all counts.

Having seen service as a paratrooper in Afghanistan, Cherenko has retired from his dangerous work and is a family man, living quietly and peacefully in the small Russian village of Gorelovo. Until some Russian gangsters, led by the sadistic Aleksandr "Sasha" Popov (evilly played by Ivan Petrushinov), come into the area to do some 'business'.

When they are crossed and the gangsters begin shooting indiscriminately, Nick's wife Alina (Hilda Van Der Meulen) and son Vanya (Naum Shopov) are mown down. The devastated Cherenko goes on a one-man killing spree of vengeance, killing five of Sasha's men and shooting Sasha himself in the face at point-blank range.

Nick emigrates to the United States and, seven years later, he is working as a mechanic, believing his identity as former Spetznaz (Russian Special Forces) is safe. However, he is approached by a wealthy woman, Mary Abramoff (Levina Finkelstein), who tells him her husband has been killed and her daughter Julia (Olivia Lee) kidnapped by Russian gangsters whom she believes are in St Petersburg. They are asking a ransom of $5 million for Julia's return, but Mrs Abramoff will give Nick $500,000 if he'll help.

At first he is reluctant, but when the woman tells him she knows exactly who he is and that the kidnappers are the same men who murdered his family, he immediately agrees to go to Russia.

Once there, he meets up with William Burton (Ben Cross: War Inc, Hero Wanted, Lost creator JJ Abrams' new Star Trek film) and his team. William enlists the help of prostitute Natalia (Maria Ilieva) — an involvement that is to have devastating consequences.

The Mechanik also features: Assen Blatechki as Yuri; Racho Vassilev as Ahmed; and Emil Markov as Misha. Written by Bryan Edward Hill; Story by Dolph Lundgren; Director of Photography is Ross Clarkson; Production Designer is Carlos da Silva and the haunting Music is by Elia Cmiral.

Kidnapping by Russian gangsters, human trafficking, plenty of action and a tough-guy hero who is a former Russian Special Forces trooper hell-bent on revenge — The Mechanik is a terrific, well-paced thriller starring the super-cool Dolph Lundgren that will keep you watching all the way to the nail-biting finale.

Dolph Lundgren has had an interesting and notable career. His credits include Rocky IV, The Punisher, Universal Soldier and the recent DVD hit Missionary Man. Lundgren epitomises a generation of action movie heroes and in The Mechanik he brings his vast experience of the action genre to bear on his international cast and produces a gritty and exhilarating picture that is a must-see for any fan of heart-pumping action movies. Due to the nature of the film, there is some violence.

The Mechanik will be released by DNC Entertainment on 21 July (2008). Cat No:
DNC1014 | Certificate 15 | RRP: ú15.99 | Running Time: 92 minutes.

"For a dose of alpha male shot-gunning, go with this" — DVD Review

"Rock solid shoot 'em upů hits hard and hits mean" — DVD Talk

"Kidnapping by Russian gangsters, human trafficking, plenty of action and a tough-guy hero who is a former Russian Special Forces trooper hell-bent on revenge — The Mechanik is a terrific, well-paced thriller starring the super-cool Dolph Lundgren that will keep you watching all the way to the nail-biting finale" — MotorBar