Movies based on books, short stories, novels & novellas, poems, etc.
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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.
L'etichetta "De Niro Bait" significa che la presenza del suddetto in un qualsiasi film (anche se non parla, anche se per dieci minuti, anche ora che è il fantasma dei De Niro passati) mi spinge a guardare il film senza poi pentirmene.
Baffi e basette di uno dei mercenari: 5 stelline
Capriola con la sedia: 4 stelline e mezzo
Percentuale di azione nel minutaggio complessivo: 2 stelline
Credibilità del MacGuffin che mette in moto la storia: 1 stellina e una pacca sulla spalla
Il bambino: n.c.
I was able to zone out watching Jason Statham punch people and Clive Warren be smarmy... and BOBBY D! Yo Rocky! He's Rocky? No. I'm vodka... What's up?? Shut up!
Legit - there's not much to see here in this movie. Action! Based on an actual story... Punch Puncherson punches punch-faced people in the puncher. Yo Bobby D does some stuff. Clive votes? I'm unclear... Also, I thought that one dude died but then bees!!! BEES!!! Cut! Too many bees - you think this is a Nicholas Cage movie? Assholes.
I needed something dumb and action packed to zone out to. I watched this movie because it's on my Blind Buy list... It's on that list because I got it…
Terrible. Shit. Horrid screenplay, actors phoning it in.
A totally paint by numbers affair, The Killer Elite plods along, twists and turns, and reveals next to nothing.
The plot, such as it is (and ooh, allegedly based on a “true” story), is that the UK has a secret society (with members that, according to one of the players “makes the Navy Seals look like girl scouts”), who provide black hat, wet operations against any foreign person or power standing in the way of the UK’s interests.
The film starts nicely enough, introducing Jason Statham and Robert DeNiro as hired assassins hired to take out some Mexican drug lord. During the take down, Statham is injured and later tells his mentor DeNiro that he is getting out of “the…
Read the book as a teen. The book was better.
Great cast decent story typical Jason Statham film car chases and fight scenes.
Having read the novel/book now, I have some new perspective on the movie. All of the parts I enjoyed in the book were the ones I enjoyed in the movie. The parts I did not enjoy were the ones that deviated too much from the actual story or its spirit in the form of bowing to current Hollywood conventions.
At any rate, I really enjoy this movie.
A special-ops agent (Jason Statham) returns from self-imposed exile to rescue his kidnapped mentor.
My dad was so stoked to watch this. I wasn't. We rented it. We both fell asleep half way through. I wouldn't recommend it, but he probably still would.
This is the second part of my list of watched movies, this list carries on from June 1999 to the…
Films either for the most part set in or filmed in WALES