Killer Elite

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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, DannyBased 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) Collapse

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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: 11 out of 36
  2. Negative: 7 out of 36
  1. Aug 7, 2015
    10
    very goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood one.................................. Owen Statham DeNiro are perfectsvery goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood one.................................. Owen Statham DeNiro are perfects here..................... Expand
  2. Apr 27, 2014
    8
    Every Jason Statham movie is better than the last, as he continues to cement his reputation as the action star of Generation X. Since it'sEvery Jason Statham movie is better than the last, as he continues to cement his reputation as the action star of Generation X. Since it's domination of the late 80s, Action movies have really suffered due to a lack of decent story lines and an infestation of stars, who landed these roles, simply due to their size, but Statham is changing all that, as evident by his latest film, Killer Elite. Based on the novel, The Feather Men by Ranulph Fiennes, Killer Elite covers the events, following a British covert op in the early 80s. The British Navy Seals (The S.A.S.) secretly forced out oil rich land owners in the Middle East, by whatever means necessary, in order to steal their land. Five years later, on his death bed, one sheik is seeking revenge for the death of 3 of his sons. To do this, the sheik has hired an elite team of underground hit men to take out the men suspected of killing his children, not an easy task when you consider that all the targets are highly trained former military operatives. Jason Statham stars as Danny Bryce, the team leader who is forced out of retirement, to take on the hardest job of his career. As has become common place, Statham is terrific and really carries the story on his back. Killer Elite is a someone complicated plot, with a first time director, but thanks to Statham's experience, you'll think these guys have been working together for year. As his reputation has continued to grow, bigger and bigger stars want to work with Statham, and any time you can add names like Robert De Niro and Clive Owen to a film, it only enhances it and boosts it's potential audience. Aside from just the amazing action sequences and covert maneuvers, the story adds real life drama to the film, by including shady government cover ups, double agents, and even police involvement in the events, making for the rarest of rare in the Action genre, a film with a deep and compelling plot. That's what really makes this film so good, it's not just about the chases, explosions, and killing, there is a real story here, that is unpredictable and very well written. Killer Elite may not top Parker as Statham's best movie, but it's pretty close. If you enjoy a fast-paced, edge of your seat movie, with a lot of interesting characters and a deep plot, than you won't want to miss this film. 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 CliveJason 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 13, 2011
    5
    Killer Elite is a tough guy movie with some decent action and violence, but disappointing once everything comes to an end. The premise seemsKiller Elite is a tough guy movie with some decent action and violence, but disappointing once everything comes to an end. The premise seems interesting and is supposedly based on a true story, but the story comes off as jumbled and pointless on the big screen. Directing his first feature film, Gary McKendry seems to not be able to handle the material and has a hard time presenting it to the audience. The movie he has created lacks any form of emotion or depth. Also, it doesnâ Expand
  5. Oct 1, 2011
    5
    "Killer Elite" is a movie with the "Punch First Think Later" action formula that we all know. It's fun to see action veterans De Niro, Staham,"Killer Elite" is a movie with the "Punch First Think Later" action formula that we all know. It's fun to see action veterans De Niro, Staham, and Owen jumping into the screen shooting and fighting each other, but their all kinda....outdated. You would watch it with your friends or yourself for manliness. If it is neither reason, just rent it. R) 4.7 Expand
  6. Apr 2, 2015
    4
    According to the book and the marketing of this film it's all based on a true story, I honestly don’t really care because that was not aAccording to the book and the marketing of this film it's all based on a true story, I honestly don’t really care because that was not a selling point for me, what attracted me to the film is the cast. I know Jason Statham doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to the quality of the movies he stars in but when add Dominic Purcell, Clive Owen, and the great Robert De Niro, to me it’s worth the shot.

    Killer Elite, did not live up to the expectation such a cast would inspire. They establish a quick connection between the men in the beginning then dive right into the story. It's kinda set up like a heist movie, for which you desperately want them to succeed, even though they're not stealing anything but are killing people. The film does have action sequences and a nice opening scene but then it falls flat and gets boring for a while.

    The story is weak and repetitive and the cast does nothing to elevate it. Statham barely shines in the action scenes, Owen is so bland in his portrayal of a trained killer, Dominic Purcell sporting an English accent is weird but if only he looked confident doing it he wouldn’t have made a joke of himself, and De Niro is hardly in the movie. The only redeeming quality Killer Elite has is the historical & geopolitical aspect behind the story.

    Killer Elite was a disappointment for me, it was barely entertaining and ran too long (120min). @wornoutspines
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  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, theGood 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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