Killer Elite 2011

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When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen).

Starring:
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Statham
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski
Director Gary McKendry
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 16 January 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski
Director Gary McKendry
Genres Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 16 January 2012
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

52 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Howe on 23 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Having missed this movie when it hit the cinemas, I watched Killer Elite last night at home on dvd. The fact I then made the effort to jump onto Amazon to write a review should tell you it's a decent movie straight away. If you are unfamiliar with Jason Statham movies, or just action movies in general, there are a few simple rules to adhere to in order to get maximum enjoyment from them:

1) Statham plays the "same" character in almost every single one of his movies. If you're going into a Statham movie expecting him to read Shakespeare, leave now and don't waste your 90 minutes.
2) It's an action film first and everything else second. Meaning the plot will have holes (for an assassin, 'the welshman' here is less reliable than a shotgun with chocolate bullets..), there will be countless errors in realism (set in the eighties, but notice the cafe prices in Euros..) If you go into an action movie and want to review things like that then you shoudn't be watching it as you're clearly looking for ways to put it down or feel good about yourself.

Jason Statham is doing the kind of thing we, as action fans, used to appreciate from the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Jean Claude Van Damme. Every one of his movies is familiar to the last and the plot could be picked apart by over-analytical, self appointed critic types but the fact is we don't care. Commando (the most terrible movie of all time in terms or realism, plot holes and character development) stands as one of the greatest action movies ever made. That tells the story here. He provides great action movies on dvd regularly and this is another one. He ain't never gonna win an Oscar but this is watchable and fun for guys.

Get a pizza, watch this and have some good proper 'man film' entertainment.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
I have to say I have been looking forward to seeing this film for quite a while, and I really wasn't disappointed. Starring Statham, Owen and, the very special icing on the cake, Robert De Niro, there was huge potential here for either something really good, or something truly dire (or any point in between!). Statham and De Niro are not exactly renowned for being choosy about scripts, and have both made some real turkeys as a result. But luckily here they are both on top form.

Statham is the standard Statham character. The ice cool professional man of violence, here cast as a professional killer. De Niro fills the seen it all mentor/friend role, whose kidnapping forces the Stath back into the game. Sent to hunt down and bump off three SAS men who annoyed Sheikh, he soon runs up against ex SAS man Clive Owen, and the shadowy organisation that backs him. What follows is some well staged action and thrills as Stath sets about completing his mission. The screen really comes alive when De Niro is on, and he gives a surprisingly committed performance. Clive Oven (complete with top lip caterpillar) is convincing as their opponent.

The plot is quite linear with a few holes and there are some real production errors (the film is set in the early eighties, and there are more than a few anachronisms on screen), but we can forgive all of this for the pleasure of the thrills and spills. The recreation of the eighties (ignoring the odd anachronism) is quite well done, and with all the old triumphs and MGs on display along with the odd facial hair it sometimes feels like an episode of the Professionals (no bad thing, I love that series). All it needed was for Stath to adopt a poodle perm and he could be Doyle... My one serious quibble would be that the film is a little too long, with a few scenes tacked on to the end that could have been cut, making the film a bit tighter. But apart from this, it's an excellent film. 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2014
Format: Blu-ray
'Danny's' ( Statham ) mentor 'Hunter' ( De Niro ) is being held with the threat of execution should 'Danny' fail to kill the culprits that killed a dying Sheikh's' three sons.
The prize 'freedom' for 'Hunter' along with a handsome reward offered by the 'Sheikh'
As 'Danny's' team execute the task, 'Spike' ( Owen ) a special agent attempts to outwit the assassins and stop them completing their task.
This is a fast moving and exciting thriller as would you expect with the lead-cast who are among the best actors around.
As is often the case the movie did receive mixed reviews, though it did fail at the Box-Office in truth, however.....for me....this is a top-notch movie (based on a true story)
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
All very confusing. could'nt really make head nor tale or who's who, who's working for who, who's worked for who and what just happened.

Maybe it deserves a few more views for the story to unravel itself to me, but fear this will just be relegated to a dark dusty corner of my DVD collection.

I will be honest, I did attempt to read 'The Feathermen' before watching this and got 3/4 of the way through it and gave up for the same reasons as above.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
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'.
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