I was undecided whether to give this film 4 or 5 star. In the end it gets 5 because I don't think there's any other film out there like it.
If I put my mind to it, sure I could probably think of one, but the heady mix of a brilliant cast, incredible action, fantastic performances, a thrilling story line with lots of different layers to it, a stylised, British backdrop and the fact that it's based on a true story, makes Killer Elite feel very special.
Based on events on Sir Ranulph Fiennes' famous book, The Feather Men
, the film follows a team of hit men tasked with taking out a group of ex sas servicemen, who were caught up in the messy business of the secret war in Oman.
As with any Statham film, expect high octane action with energetic performances, but where as lot of his other films lack any sort of cerebral story line, Killer Elite definitely benefits from one.
There's a brilliant supporting cast which includes Deniro and Clive Owen, who suits the role of an ex regiment soldier perfectly and really looks the part.
The Blu Ray transfer looked good but the disc lacked any worthwhile extras, with only a making of documentary and a token but pointless interview with Statham. Still, I wouldn't let the lack of extras put you off.
Admittedly, this sort of film is right up my street (I have an interest in ex servicemen, mercenary work and soldiers or fortune etc.) but leaving my biases aside, it's still the best SAS flick I've seen in years and beats Who Dares Wins any day of the week.
Overall, I was left feeling there was something quite special abut this film and enjoyed the peek it gave me into the very shadowy world of government sanctioned killings and contract 'cleaners'.