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  • Summary: Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of cat and mouse—where the predators become the prey. (Open Road Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 29
  2. Negative: 7 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Sep 9, 2011
    80
    A macho, adrenaline-fix suspenser that plays like the bigscreen equivalent of those pulpy spy novels that once clogged grocery-store checkouts.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 21, 2011
    63
    Best of all, the filmmakers took the time to give these hard men just the right things to say - not catchphrases, just lines that smell of blood and gunpowder every time Statham, Owen or DeNiro utter them.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Humanick
    Sep 23, 2011
    63
    Killer Elite is pleasurable enough, but with a steadier hand, it could've been one for the books.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Sep 22, 2011
    50
    The script is a mess. It's an object lesson in taking a nonfiction book ("The Feather Men," about a cadre of ex-British Special Air Service operatives) and making a hash of it.
  5. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 29, 2011
    40
    There's nothing here for the viewer to do, no kinks to work out, no double-crossings to anticipate, not even a half-hearted flail at figuring out how Danny ticks.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 20, 2011
    40
    Killer Elite is distinguished by one no-mercy, eye-gouging, testicle-punching brawl, and one whoppingly indifferent screenplay.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Sep 22, 2011
    20
    Whatever the case, Mr. Owen and Mr. Statham (who provides a nice duet with a chair) make a prettily matched pair amid the pileup of sub-Bourne action set pieces, sad laughs and clichés.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Sep 23, 2011
    9
    I do not know how anyone, and I really enjoyed the film.
    Of course, it is undeniable that all of the latest films from Statham out the same.

    But it does not mean that they're bad!

    For that I appreciate the kind of films - it's brutal!)
    Very cool and enough for me to put the film 7 points, 2 points but I'm adding to my favorite actor - Jason :-)
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  2. May 25, 2012
    8
    If your looking to scratch that action movie itch this is a great choice, it's got your gunfights, fight scenes, and explosions ready to entertain. Unlike others of it's kind it surprisingly great plot behind it that's only sweetened by the fact that it's based on a true story and has a main character who doesn't want to kill, but is forced into it by means out of his control, and honestly it's really refreshing to see a movie like this where the main character avoids pulling the trigger as much as possible. It's a great movie that has a few issues holding it back from being amazing like a romance that just feels unnecessary, and the occasional lackluster moment, but the lackluster moments are few and far between, and it's not the most unnecessary romance ever (Captain America still wins award in my opinion) but it still just seems like it's kinda just in the movie for the sake of having it. All in all if your looking for a great action flick with a great plot this is one of your best choices. Expand
  3. Feb 19, 2012
    7
    Jason Statham once again plays a noble assassin, a killer with a conscience. He (Danny) refuses to kill his nemesis Spike, played by Clive Owen, for no good reason, even though Spike make it's clear he'll pursue Danny. Heck, he even gives Spike millions of dollars to help him start over, weird. Danny has a demure, girl-next-door girlfriend which detracts more from the story than adds an element of vulnerability to it. DeNiro just phones in his performance, he's old, fat, and lazy but his name is still a draw apparently. Overall, it's a decent enough experience. I got this free via Dish's Blockbuster @Home program so the price was right. Don't spend more than 99¢ to rent though. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2011
    6
    A+ for fight scenes and action.
    A+ for period/era correct items and setting (1980).
    B for dark, cunning plot.
    B for characters.
    C for
    obscurity.

    The plot was pretty obscure and a bit hard to follow. A little intimidating to imagine stuff like that happens in real life. I don't doubt it and I can totally appreciate that this was based on a non fiction book and a true story. The dark sides of life that it covers is somewhat scary yet very intriguing.

    Jason Statham is one of my favorite actors. Any movie can be a complete flop but if you put him in it there's still saving grace and I'll definitely watch it just because he's in it. Not only that but he's hot :). Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell, Aden Young, Yvonne Strahovski (chick from Chuck. Yes she really is Australian, schweet accent) - very nice cast.

    Aside from the underdogs saving the day type of scenario, I really enjoyed that they were true to 1980. The glasses, the hair, the cars, the big phones, no cells, no computers, people using pen and paper. My how times have changed.
    http://iplaythecomputerkeyboard.blogspot.com/
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  5. Aug 21, 2012
    5
    I felt it was a film that was trying to be too clever for its own good; what with bluffs and double bluffs going on left right and centre, you really didn Expand
  6. Oct 7, 2011
    5
    It's better that I thought it would be, but a criminal waste of DeNiro. And the fact that it's supposedly based on a true story makes it overly complicated and overly long - at least it FEELS long. Statham is Statham - nothing new to see here. It's great seeing Yvonne Strahovsky ("Chuck") on the big screen, but she's also underutilized. Expand
  7. Oct 1, 2011
    0
    Good lord this was a terrible movie. The dialog was pointless and full of cliche lines, fight scenes were hard to follow (in particular, the hospital fight was very choppy and filmed too close), the love interest was worthless and just slowed things down, and the plot turns on a killer getting a conscience.

    Oh yeah, and it's way too long.
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