The Mechanic 1979, why does the protagonist go with the son?

Charles Bronson plays a highly skilled and highly paid assassin who plans hits meticulously to avoid any suspicion of foul play, in one hit of an old associate of his fathers he engineers a heart attack so it looks like natural causes.

He goes to the guys funeral since he knew him, there he encounters the dead guy’s late teens to early twenties son who hates his father so much he isn’t even with the mourners. The son asks Bronson for a ride home, when they get to the mansion it is overun with the sons friends having a crazy party and Bronson strangley follows the kid in. There is a funny scene of Bronson dissapprovingly looking in on two kids obviously high on drugs marvelling at bubbles in the bath tub along with a pet pig.

Bronson follows the kid to his room and while he is changing his girlfriend calls and threatens suicide so they go to her place and watch her slit her wrists(it seems clear the bleeding is not serious) Bronson just sits there rarely responding to the insanity and eventually the girl drives herself to the sheriff’s office. Bronson asks the kid if he really would have watched his GF die and he seems to answer yes, Bronson notes this is a rather rare type of person. They part ways now and the movie continues.

1.Why did Bronson risk the police attention that could come from being a 50 year old guy at a high school party?!? Or for that matter a suicidal girl?! He is so meticulous otherwise in his hits and such, but now he doesn’t realize it might be a bad idea to hang out at these spots?

2.Clearly Bronson recognizes the kid is a sociopath or something similar, which ties into the rest of the movie. But why spend like 12 hours with the kid and his GF? Eyeing up an apprentice, lonely, wanting a son figure that is a sociopath like himself?:confused:

it’s a movie. it’s a movie where the skilled hero/villain knows exactly the right thing to do for no explanation or reason. it’s a Charles Buchinsky movie.

  1. who can prove he just didn’t arrive before the cops show up. wild kids at a party are not good witnesses to anything.

  2. it shows how careful he is.

Nitpick: The Charles Bronson version of The Mechanic came out in 1972 not 1979.