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Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world's most elite operative, 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.
Action Thriller - Like most of Jason Statham's films, this is a violent action movie, but this one has a bit more dramatic heft than most. Clive Owen and Robert De Niro have more supporting roles but do get their share of action. Violence and language make the film inappropriate for children.
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; 19 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Sex and unrelated nudity. VIOLENCE: Shootings, fights, stabbings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: Shootouts, fights, chases, explosions. COMEDY: None.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average Killer Elite contains numerous action sequences but too little compelling connective tissue for it to be more than a high octane diversion.
Roger EbertFull Review Good This is actually a pretty good thriller, based more on character and plot than on action for its own sake.
Washington PostFull Review Below Average In the simultaneously silly and overwrought action thriller "Killer Elite," Jason Statham plays Danny Bryce, a professional assassin with a soft spot for women, children and the innocent.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 36 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The two males loved it. One of the three females loved it, one enjoyed it very much but one rated it very low.
ADULTS:The male reviews are decent but not great. There are too few very high reviews and too many low reviews. The female reviews are actually quite a bit higher, which is certainly unexpected considering the type of movie this is. A full third of the ladies loved "Killer Elite," with nearly all of the rest rating it above average.
Mexico, 1979. Danny (Jason Statham) and his mentor Hunter (Robert De Niro) are
mercenaries lying in wait for their prey. A convoy of police escorts and
limousines appear. With ruthless efficiency Danny assassinates his target. But
in the same car is a ten-year-old boy. Danny cannot bring himself to kill the
boy, and in his moment of hesitancy is himself shot. Hunter saves his life, but
Danny realizes he can no longer live the life of an assassin for hire.
Meanwhile, a political situation which will have far-reaching consequences is
brewing. British Intelligence has been drawn into a furtive and unholy alliance
with Sheikh Amr bin Issa, a renegade Omani chieftain with six months to live. In
exchange for oil rights, the Sheikh wants revenge on the men who killed three of
his four sons—blood for blood. The twist? All three sons were killed by the SAS
during the secret Oman War. The Sheikh wants a filmed confession from each SAS
soldier before the execution. One final requirement: for the sake of secrecy,
the deaths must appear accidental.
A Machiavellian puppet master known as the "Agent” contacts Hunter, who is now
operating alone, and informs him that there is a $6 million dollar contract
waiting for him in Oman if he wants the job. Once Hunter gets to Oman and
realizes the SAS is the target of the hit, he tries to flee, but is caught and
returned to the Sheikh's palace where he is held captive.
In the year since the events in Mexico, Danny has been searching for peace and a
new life away from the deep shadows of his past as a contract operative. This
search has led him to the Australian bush where he meets Anne (Yvonne Strahovski),
who owns the ranch next to his.
Danny's new life abruptly changes when the Agent sends a photo of Hunter being
held captive in the Sheikh's palace. It is all part of the Agent's plan: only by
threatening Hunter can he lure Danny, the best operative in the world, back into
the game. To save Hunter's life, Danny must take on Hunter's contract to kill
three of the best of the SAS.