Splatter vies with chatter in “The Mechanism,” a blunt and bloody Yugoslav item about a stone cold contract killer and the captive couple who don’t outwit as much as outlive him. Pic could click with novelty-seeking genre auds at midnight fest berths but is otherwise best suited to regional exposure and domestic vid.
On a snow-blown plain, dapper assassin Mak (Nikola Kojo) heads for a job whacking a heroin dealer with thickheaded protege Debeli (Gordan Kicic) in tow. First locals in his way are newly arrived schoolteacher Snezana (producer Ivana Mihic) and war-scarred cabby Janko (Andrej Sepetkovski); brutally raping the former and gleefully mocking the latter, he drags them along on an indiscriminate killing spree. While utter remorselessness of the hit man suggests a political analogy in play by scribe Gordan Mihic (who wrote “Time of the Gypsies” for Emir Kusturica), pic can’t hold a candle to either of helmer Djordje Milosavljevic’s recent scripts, “Wheels” (which he directed) and “Sky Hook,” both of which co-starred popular vet thesp Kojo, for keenly wrought metaphors about the human condition under siege. Tech credits are functional under obviously Spartan conditions.