There is so much testosterone in this movie, women walk into the
theater looking like Taylor Swift, but they walk out looking like Chaz
Supposedly based on a true story (which is in dispute), Jason Statham
stars as Danny - a big time assassin for hire who walked away from the
game, but they pulled him back in! His best pal and mentor, Hunter
(Robert De Niro), has been kidnapped by the Sheikh of Oman, who wants
revenge for the murder of his sons at the hands of British secret
Now, Danny has to eliminate those retired agents while obtaining their
confessions to gain Hunter's freedom. However, (yes, this is getting
complicated) a secret cadre of former British agents, led by Spike
(Clive Owen), isn't about to let those comrades be taken out by
Will Danny be successful?
Is there something more going on here?
Will Danny figure it out?
De Niro and Statham together is more awesomeness than one man can
handle, but the movie doesn't quite live up to your hopes and dreams.
Killer Elite starts off as a solid thriller
with some good action, enjoyable performances by De Niro and Statham,
and a gritty story that is easy to understand, but it becomes a
full-fledged mess by the end. After a good start, co-writer/director
Gary McHendry and co-writer Matt Sherring (based on the novel by
Ranulph Fiennes) try too hard to make the movie more intricate and
complicated, when it doesn't need to be.
They might be trying to stay true to the novel and supposedly true
story, but McHendry and Fiennes suddenly drop in a bunch of twists and
turns too late in the movie to make any sense, especially a whole bunch
of political-socio-economic-global intrigue junk. They need to escalate
the mystery slower, in more measured ways. Instead, all of the action
and characters' motivations are back end loaded so late in the movie
you just couldn't care less and Killer Elite becomes more
confusing than it needs to be as if the team felt more intrigue was
needed for intrigue's sake instead of for our sake or the sake of the
Sadly, the movie wastes some great acting talent. Statham is as intense
as ever and every man in the theater will be reacting to Danny's brutal
showdown with Spike. I like Statham, especially when he stretches
himself to take a movie like this where his acting talent is as needed
as his ability to kick booty (which he does with a vengeance), but the
forced insertion of a mostly forgotten and ignored love story is a
signal for every guy in the audience to take off to the bathroom when
that subplot raises its ugly head.
Killer Elite should have been so much better.
The potential is there.
Killer Elite is rated R for strong violence,
language and some sexuality/nudity