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Jason Statham (The Italian Job), Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen (Inside Man) and Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) star in Killer Elite, "one of the best action thrillers of the year!" (Richard Roeper) ... more »
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IVOR I. from CHICAGO, IL
Reviewed on 2/27/2016...
A dreadful attempt to cash on the multi-aging-action-star bubble of 'The Expendables,' this is one fourth-rate actioner featuring a clearly jaded cast going through the motions for a paycheck. Although it owns the same title as Sam Peckinpah's bizarre bowdlerized film, 'Killer Elite'(1979) it is only similar in the sense that it runs over the same clichéd ground of government spies gone rogue (or at least bathing in a sea of deniability). Based on a nonfiction book by Sir Ranulph Fiennes called 'The Feather Men' this hash of spy movie clichés will tempt you into a state of narcolepsy in short order.
As far as the plot goes, mercenary hit-men Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), Buzz Davies (Dominic Purcell), and Meier (Aden Young)save their veteran leader Hunter (Robert DeNiro)who has been taken hostage over a botched attempt at an assassination. Bryce, Davies and Meier have to complete Hunter's mission to kill the killers of a Sheikh sons, who are a group of former SAS members, the Feather Men led by Spike Logan, played by Clive Owen with the constant expression of a man forced to chug glasses of unadulterated lemon juice between scenes.
Directed by Gary McKendry, who owns no sense of pacing whatsoever, 'Killer Elite' lacks any mode of character development or suspense whatsoever. The whole SAS government-within-government paranoia plotting falls flat. It may be vaguely relevant vis-a-vis the public's current sense of suspicion, but why the audience is expected to care about an oil sheikh's spoiled. murdered sons is a mystery to me.
Although thrillers like 'The Parallax View,' '3 Days of the Condor' and 'Defense of the Realm' hold up well in these times of Wiki-Leaks and Edward Snowden, the decision to make the Arab character rich and stupid and the SAS' British government masters upper-class and stupid kills whatever chance the film had of creating a sense of believability. If you want to see a really good spy thriller try the brilliant South Korean action masterpiece, Reu Syeung-Wan's 'The Berlin File,'
Janice J. (dizzheart)
Reviewed on 3/23/2014...
I like Jason Statham so I was looking forward to this movie, but I thought it was a mess. The storyline is confusing, it's hard to tell who's who, Jason's love story seems like it's from another movie, and it just went on and on. I started skipping and finally decided it wasn't worth my time. People who enjoy endless meaningless action shoot em ups may enjoy this; when I want to watch another Jason Statham movie, I'll pull out The Bank Job or Blitz.
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