I love Hitmen and Assassins. If they are the main focus of the film, it's almost always awesome. I don't…
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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 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…
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…
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!!…
Who knew a movie with Statham, Owen and de niro could be so boring. Even for a generic action movie this is pretty bad.
This is the second film I've watched this weekend that I've enjoyed a lot more on a re-watch.
Killer Elite is an action film starring Britain's hottest action star in the shape of a rather lethal looking Jason Statham. When it comes to knocking fuck out of people there are few better and our Jas gets plenty of practice in this complicated, intriguing thriller.
Based on real life ex-SAS man and world famous mountaineer Ranulph Fiennes's book "The Feathermen", this sees mercenaries exact revenge on SAS men who overstepped the mark in a covert war in Oman. Set in 1980 this involved shadowy government agencies and the murder of several SAS soldiers. Statham is the unlucky retired mercenary forced by…
A bit of inventiveness in the action but the dialog is mostly just a series of cliches.
Jason Statham is always good for an enjoyable time, right? Well not necessarily. The last movie I reviewed with The Stafe was "Blitz", which had him teaming up with a gay Paddy Considine to track down a cop killer. It had made-for-TV cop drama written all over it and I was completely non-plussed by the experience. However, admittedly Statham's brutal antics were the highlight of that otherwise unrewarding film. Blitz had 46% on RT and Killer Elite has 26%. But the trailer involved Jason Statham fighting someone while tied to a chair, so this might still be a mindless fun Statham movie, right?
Actually, this is more than just a mindless Statham flick. It's a pretty decent film in general.…
Oh hell, after seeing the trailer for this movie with this fantastic cast I was excited but after experiencing this shit that should be flushed down the loo immediately, i've been let down the movie has one good scene with De Niro and Statham that lasted 3 minutes but other than the action scenes are some of the worst filmed and most unexciting action scenes I've ever watched and the acting is surprisingly stale and poor even from Clive Owen and Robert De niro.
Jason Statham has come out with a plethora heap of action movies, Killer Elite being the new book added to this massive library. Based loosely on the novel 'The Feather Men' by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, released in 1991. The story is about Danny (Statham) trying to save his friend's, Hunter (Robert De Niro), life by completing a mercenary mission that his friend has failed. The mission is to avenge the deaths of the sons of an Omani sheik, which were killed by the S.A.S. . In addition, the sheik is in his final months and wants to see the mission fulfilled before his approaching death. I perceived this to be one of the better Statham movies, having enjoyed Killer Elite.…
Instead of being quite interesting period thriller, the film falls flat on its face with pointless subplot and awkward ending.
KILLER ELITE is a good movie to watch in spite of itself. It's got hackneyed plot and eye-rolling predictability. Yvonne Strahovski plays a simulacrum of a female love interest.
But the directorial style competently riffs on Michael Mann and Tony Scott. When glitchy text shows up onscreen to introduce us to the beginning of the movie, it's funny and effective. When the camera shakes, it's with purpose. When there's a shootout in the open streets, assault rifles are involved.
Robert De Niro is in it and doesn't suck. And, amazingly, same goes for Dominic Purcell.
Most importantly of all, this movie is about Jason Statham clashing with Clive Owen. They should have made that the title, like the old Godzilla…
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.
- Leon: The Professional
- Grosse Pointe Blank
- Pulp Fiction
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith
- In Bruges
- African Cats
- Clash of the Titans
- Conan the Barbarian
All movies available on Netflix Germany. Documentaries and movies for children are included. May be incomplete.
- The Secret World of Arrietty
- Take Shelter
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
- Project Nim
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