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Killer Elite (2011) Movie Information

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Gary McKendry


Jason Statham
Robert De Niro
Clive Owen
Yvonne Strahovski
Dominic Purcell
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje





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A former member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service comes out of retirement in order to save his mentor and must face three highly-skilled assassins along the way. -- Chris Kavan

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Matthew Brady 06/06/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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The story is about a former member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service comes out of retirement in order to save his mentor and must face three highly-skilled assassins along the way. This movie has good acting but the film felt a bit eh, I mean the movie lacks on characters and the story wasn't that mind blowing.

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Ean Vali 10/15/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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When you like a simple story and a lot of action. Rent this one. No surprises here, just action.

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LeeAnn M. 06/30/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Even though a movie is not necessarily bad, sometimes making snarky comments while watching it will make it more entertaining. Killer Elite was that kind of movie for me. At a key point where a third party enters the scene and starts belittling the two spies, all I could think about was, "...he starts MONOLOGUING!" We all know how that pans out. Killer Elite was good with the action and car chases. It did have surprises from time to time, but also included were the eye rolling, sappy love interest scenes. The movie felt thirty minutes too long, but it did not feel disappointing.

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smeagol 05/24/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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robert de nero , jason statham and clive owen thats 3 reasons to watch this movie , its a good film statham has to kill some sas soldiers in order to free robert de nero who is being held captive . meanwhile clive owen is hunting him down. the showdowns between owen and statham are good. all the actors in the movie are good and work well together . entertaining movie

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12/24/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Killer Elite" by Yojimbo

A retired black ops killer for hire is pulled back into the business when his friend is held hostage by an oil sheikh seeking retribution against the SAS for assassinating his sons. On the surface of it, Killer Elite is very much an example of business as usual for Jason Statham in what appears to be just another bone-headed but watchably efficient, testosterone-fuelled action thriller. What marks it out from the majority of Statham's action canon is the above par cast and the fact that the implausible plot is actually based on true events. This fact gives the film more credibility than it would have and as so becomes far more interesting. The result is kind of like The Bank Job meets Mission Impossible and thanks to the strong action sequences and watchable stars it's strangely compellin...

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01/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Danny (Statham) helps Hunter (De Niro) escape but fails. He is introduced to Sheikh Amr and is asked to kill three former SAS agents—Steven Harris (Lachy Hulme), Steven Craig, and Simon McCann—for killing his sons during the Dhofar Rebellion. Spike Logan (Clive Owen) and Danny slug it off. Danny fakes the killings and explains to Spike that there is somebody else who wants his agents killed because of the death of the three eldest sons. Some of the dialogue and action were dicey such as Danny’s escape on a chair while falling over landing on a van unscathed. Cinematography was radiant showing the sunset of Paris and various locations. Soundtrack and direction was sharp and action and storytelling fast paced. Killer Elite is a good action flick if only the character development was ...

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“May the best man live”, as the tagline in the movie, gives the fact that there are going to be a lot of killings and assassinations. Killer Elite is directed by, Gary Mckendry, an Oscar nominee, who is famous for taking Irish movies. Now he brings killer elite, based on the novel “The Feather Men” by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. With writing work from Matt Sherring, and based on the original novel adaptation, the movie stars Robert de niro and Jason Statham in the main leads. This movie is a pure action based movie.


The plot is about, three assassinations to be done by elite specialists Danny (Statham) and Hunter (Deniro). Hunter is held with the sheiks and Danny has to do the job in order to free Hunter from their cages. So Danny sets out to finish the S.A.S, people who killed sheik’s sons. There is a condition that the killings must be videotaped and it should look like accidents. Danny has a life to live with. He regularly sees a girl in his life. Meanwhile Spike (Clive Owen) an ex-SAS, is on hunt to Danny. Things go mutual now and cat and mouse chase begins. How Danny assassinates them is all about?


Plot Development in the movie, is dull and murky. There are no big turns in the movie and the flow of the storyline seemed linear without any jerks, in the screenplay. The action sequences are toned up with classical touch without much special effect. The chase scenes are looking regular. The killings are spontaneous and the story telling is quite predictable.


Character Development in the movie is weak. Danny is an elite specialist, who just chases targets and finishes them off. Even a normal criminal can do that. What is so special about being elite? That was poor characterization for Danny. Hunter is the most important elite operative. His role is more like a cameo, with few dialogues, three to four gun shots and a hand hit. Very poor characterization is seen. The girl playing Danny’s girl friend is too clumsy in characterization. We do not know who she is and from where did she come from. There is no important role for her in the movie. Spike looked normal, and we see him doing different activities, to track Danny and trap him. His characterization is quite better than the others in the movie. Rest others did not do much to the story.


Performances in the movie are to be compared with the previous movies. There are a bunch of good actors. Jason Statham, who is famous for Transporter series, Mechanic and Death race, gave him real action hero stuff. In this movie being an elite professional, his acting is so bland and required a lot of improvements. His dialogue delivery had nothing to take with. Robert Deniro who is famous for Limitless, The Good Shepard, is looking much better than Statham in acting. But his role is so limited, I was disappointed, he had nothing to steal the show. Clive Owen, famous for King Arthur and The International, looked so perfect in acting. Though he had a limited role, I felt that he was the best in terms of acting. Yvonne Strahowski, who is not so famous, in terms of acting plays lady love for Statham, in this movie. She got a cheap role and that will be not good for her future. Rest others are just enough to fill the show.


Presentation in the movie looked old. As the movie takes place in 1980’s, the tone in the movie looked of that kind. The stunt sequences looked almost of 1990’s, but yet the car chases and camera work in the movie looked good to suit the tone of the story. Cinematography in the movie captures the deserts of Oman, Australia and few streets of London. Visual effects are very less. Costumes looked good enough. Sound mixing was appropriate. Background score was adequate. Other departments were enough to fill the movie.


Bottom line: Despite, Statham, Deniro and Clive Owen, movie is bland, tasteless and formulaic story with decent visuals and old fashioned action sequences. I give C         

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