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

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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55 of 62 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sept. 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 July 2013
Format: DVD
Jason Statham plays Danny, a paid assassin who is partnered with Hunter (De Niro). During an assassination in Mexico, Statham almost kills a young girl. He decides to retire, a decision that lasts to about a minute after the credits when he gets a message De Niro has been taken hostage.

Now for the initial strange twists:
The sheik who has Hunter held hostage is the same man who hires Danny.
Danny must kill British agents in order to get Hunter freed. These are "SAS" agents who are tougher than Navy SEALS, or so they say in the film.
These 3 agents must confess on film to having killed the sheik's son. They are trained to resist torture.
And it must look like an accident.

One last thing...they only have the identity of one of the agents. Once the first agent is killed, the SAS suspects something is up...
A few plot twists, some cliche lines, and the movie is over except this movie got bogged down with twists and bad lines to the point that you can't wait for it to end. Much too long to hold my interest all the way through.

This is a typical Stratham type of action. In fact he is wears the same shades. Shooting, chase scenes, roof top jumping, explosions- you know the stuff.

F-bomb, minor sex scene, no nudity.
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