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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.
Killer Elite allows Jason Statham do what he does best; repeatedly punch people in the face. This ‘80s set film follows Statham and his gang of hired assassins offing ex-SAS officers involved in an incident in Oman. On their trail is an equally grisled and moustachioed Clive Owen sent to stop them. Whilst the action has a very satisfying crunch (this is far from a stylised action film with lots of hand-to-hand combat and swift retribution) the plotting is needlessly confused, the film is half an hour too long and the whole thing is a little too earnest, despite the action cliches.
The plot is very restless as it jumps around all over the place, globetrotting to its heart content…
Killer Elite is one of those films full of English characters being played by American or Aussie actors who are just hopeless at concealing their true brogues, despite every attempt to disguise them. In a way that sums up Gary McKendry's film--adapted from Sir Ranulph Fiennes novel with the much better title of The Feather Men--in microcosm, because it spends most of the running time trying to convince you it's quite an urbane, sophisticated, period early 80's action thriller when in reality it's not fooling anyone. The simple fact is that when people aren't been murdered, cars aren't blowing up or Jason Statham isn't kicking arse in his unique way, Killer Elite is about as interesting as a newly painted…
Can someone please explain the concept of intonation to Mr. Owen?
Honestly, he sounds like a foghorn. Which is still less annoying than Dominic Purcell's ridiculous accent.
And yet, he still outacts the Artist Formerly Known As Robert DeNiro.
As does the Stath.
That makes me sad.
Probably not a completely fair review as I watched this while listening to the England boys teach Australia how to play cricket...again!
I love Jason Statham...I REALLY love Yvonne Strahovski (as any fellow player of Mass Effect will agree) and like how she actually gets to use her natural accent in this too. So I should love this?
Speaking of accents...Dominic Purcell and his English accent.
Now, imagine Dick Van Dyke had a massive stroke, then got drunk and then tried to do the voice he did in Mary Poppins. Yeah...Purcells accent is worse than that. Add a fake tache/beard to the equation and we have a film ruining role.
Until you find out he is supposed to be WELSH!!…
This is one of those movies that got pilloried when it was released, something I can't quite understand. As a fairly generic action/thriller, the presence of Jason Statham should have been enough to convince you what you were going to get, and it held few surprises. With that in mind though, was it really that bad?
Based on the book The Feather Men by Sir Ranulph Fiennes ( someone who was actually kicked out of the SAS) this film focuses on a group of mercenaries led by The Stath who are forced to finish a job one of their former colleagues botched. Set in 1981 the plot centers on a deposed Sheikh and his lust for revenge against former SAS…
Who knew a movie with Statham, Owen and de niro could be so boring. Even for a generic action movie this is pretty bad.
With a a messy script full of expository dialogue, confusing motivations and plot holes, this uninteresting and generic movie is also only able to move forward by relying on stupid characters who are no more a killer elite than a bunch of incompetent amateurs.
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Killer Elite borrows elements from James Bond and Jason Bourne films, but those elements are always better in their original films. This film is not awful, there's nothing inherently wrong with it, but it's also not great and there's nothing very good about it. I guess this is the type of film some people would put in to make some background noise.
Curious to know how much of the true story was presentedifferent and how much was omitted and idolised.
nothing of interest
Elaborate stunts and action scenes can't make up for messy storytelling and zero style. ...but then again it's got Statham
Jason Statham. Robert De Niro. Guns, assassins, SAS, explosions, random Aussie girlfriend. All over the shop and not as bad as I had anticipated!
It doesn’t take Killer Elite long before a character trying to retiring from his business drops the line “I’m done with killing” (take one guess how that goes). From that age-old line and onward, the film starts to strip away such things as stakes, emotions and originality until the only thing left is bare-scraped bones with action scenes. Gary McKendry doesn’t care a second about his characters, it’s just a bunch of angry white men with zero personalities, making it hard to care when we’re not served scenes with personality. Jason Statham gets some moments with his girlfriend (Yvonne Strahovski) but it just feels like emotionally truncated macho-idealism.
The action scenes on the other hand, whilst amateurishly edited, carries some entertaining weight and despite some stale nature, Killer Elite features a gang of entertaining actors – barely saving a clearance sale-movie from completely being wiped out from memory.
Verkocht wurde eigentlich fast alles, was das Actionmögerherz begehrt – Fäuste flogen, Reifen quietschten, es wurde geballert, über Dächer geturnt und zwischendrin einer betörenden Blondine tief in die Augen geschaut, dass es eine Freude hätte sein können, inklusive der potenziell charmanten Besonderheit, dass der Film tief in den guten alten 1980ern spielt, was schonmal Clive Owens Rotzbremse erklärt. Trotz der gut ausgewählten Darsteller, der angemessen unaufdringlich-eindimensionalen Story und der fast vollständig versammelten Bierchenfilmrequisiten fehlte jedoch leider für uns etwas Entscheidendes: Spaß. schoener-denken.de/blog/killer-elite/
Set in the late 1970s or early 1980s, and based on a book by Sir Ranulph Fiennes it features a convoluted plot where an Omani sheikh kidnaps a hit man (Robert De Niro) in order to blackmail his friend (Jason Statham) into assassinating 4 British SAS soldiers who had killed 3 of his sons. Each assassination has to look like an accident and be accompanied by a pre-death confession of guilt by each man. A secret society of ex-SAS called the Feathermen get wind of the plot and their hitman (Clive Owen) tries to protect the soldiers. The British Secret Service try to stop the Feathermen.
The action scenes are good and there are a good selection of 1970s and 1980s British cars and love interest Yvonne Strahovski provides a bit of eye candy.
What kind of Peckinpah remake is this?
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