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.
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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
'This is the best special forces unit in the world, they make the Navy Seals look like a bunch of cupcakes'
Possibly the best line of the film or any film for some time. Based on a controversial novel by Sir Ranulph Fiennes called 'The Feather Men' this is a ripping story based on assassins and major undercover ops within the British Empire surrounding our Special Air Service unit.
What makes this so intriguing is the fact its supposed to based on or around fact and the author, Fiennes, was actually one SAS serviceman almost killed. Whether this is all accurate or exaggerated is questionable but makes for a great film. Of course the Ministry of Defence denies all actions…
Couldn't hold my attention at all, 42ish minutes in, made a change.
Solides Actionkino mit guter Besetzung und erwartungsgemäß seichter Handlung.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Another one of those films that I wasn't 100% sure I'd seen. The further I got in the more certain I was but with the way trailers are constructed now you could think that with 90% of films. Rest assured though I had seen it already.
My love of Jason Statham movies is probably well documented on these pages. I'm tempted to try and watch them all this year. That would mean seeing shite like Revolver though. I did it once before and I don't relish trying again.
You're offered a glimpse into a world you suspect exists but would never become part of. I know it's based on a true story but how much is real and what's for…
Too many characters, too many unclear motivations. Some nice Statham fight choreography, though.
I don't think this movie has an ending really. It just stops.
Yet anothe Jason Statham movie, sorry to say he is stuck in a action genre.. Banal, simple and boring..
I nearly switched this off ten minutes in; but I'm glad that I didn't, because it's a pretty decent Stafe romp once it gets going. De Niro is seriously underused and I think if he was in it more this would have seriously bumped up the enjoyment factor. That said, we get the Bond that never was - Clive Owen instead. He chews the scenery and seems to be having such a great time.
Forgettable, but fun.
My review-- this film is now on Blu-Ray and the profit margin was miniscule to be very polite it is roughly standing at $21 million. The plot is as follows [based on or inspired on true events,] the viewers meet these hitmen on a mission but something goes tragically wrong and the physically youngest one wants out of this lifestyle, but some years later his best friend is imprisoned so he has to go and work something out and fulfill these tasks or hits. Now on watching this film I can completely understand why on some websites it has only a 25% approval rating. Because yes it may be based inspired by true events but however I found it nothing…
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