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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.
Well, after I have to sit through the remake of Straw Dogs, I decided to watch the action film that was based on the true events that centers Jason Statham as one of the deadliest special-ops agents on the mission to take down Spike and his team of assassins called The Feather Men.
Before I started watching the movie on my computer, I was like, "I'm hoping that it will be a hardcore, over-the-top Jason Statham action movie that is still fun to watch." Unfortunately, it really wasn't!
Throughout the majority of the 2 hour run-time of Killer Elite. I was bored to tears due to the long-ass dialogue scenes that felt like more than 30 minutes to an hour.…
Slow, boring, dumb and dour. Only got about 2/3 of the way through before turning it off.
Nice historical movie with 80s style British cars. Some kind of tediously in the beginning but good story speed after that. Like it.
I'm being generous.
I see that this flick is stupid and nothing special, but it hit me in the right spot.
Lazy script and editing, decent spy stuff, good and solid action. What got me the most was the charecters especially the sidekicks like Dominic Purcell.
A couple of great fight scenes between Clive Owen and The Stath justifies a watch, but the rest (and De Niro) is rather forgettable.
"Based on a true story." uh, no it's not. it's total BS.
this is just really uninspired and the writing sucks. might have been ok at half the length.
Hab mir den Film eigentlich hauptsächlich wegen Yvonne Strahovski angeschaut. Sie hatte dann aber doch nur eine kleine Nebenrolle, naja. Den Film fand ich dann auch nur so naja. Fand die erste Hälfte ziemlich öde. Die 2te Hälfte wurde dann spannender, rettet dann das Gesamtwerk noch ein bisschen.
originally this list had a very specific focus- now it's basically just english-language action cinema post-matrix.
Film that don't really float my boat.
Films I've watched a few times and really tried to like but didn't.…