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 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.
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…
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 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…
From Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes' "The Feather Men," a novel supposedly based on true events, "Killer Elite" is a by-the-numbers action thriller from first time director Gary McKendry. Jason Statham plays a retired assassin pressed into service to save a friend (Robert DeNiro in a paycheck role) being held by an exiled Arab sheikh. Tasked with killing three SAS officers who executed the sheikh's three sons, Statham runs up against Clive Owen, the hired stooge of a secret group of retired SAS who are out to protect their own. The book's author, Ranulph Fiennes, is actually one of the targets and they use his real name in the film which I suppose is supposed to lend some credibility to the story…
Didn't really have high hopes for this one, as I'm kinda off the Statham bandwagon at the moment. So I was pleasantly surprised when this turned out to be an alright action film with a pretty decent story.
Statham was at more than alright here, while Clive Owen was not too bad. All the secondary characters were pretty interesting and held their own. I just wished there was more De Niro.
Not Killer Elite. More like Killer Ok.
When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action to kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons.
Competent action-thriller that somehow doesn't compel with its overladen plot.
Better than I thought it would be. Only the sugarcoated end was a bit too much.
Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Ben Mendelsohn, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dominic Purcell.
What a fucking waste.
The trailers lied
2011: Robert de Nero does well again once more.
Bit of an odd one, this is. It's based on a story that may or may not have happened in real life and is set in 1980. When you hear the story, you think perhaps it would be done as kind of a drama/action film, so it's strange seeing it as kind of a full blown action flick with Statham.
As I mentioned in my review of Blitz, I think Statham is a fairly good actor. I just think the screenplays he works with and the way he is directed leads to him feeling off in films where he has to be dramatic. It's not that he can't do it, it's just that it's hard fit both his dramatic side…
All movies available on Netflix Germany. Documentaries and movies for children are included. May be incomplete.
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