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Killer Elite

action & adventure, thrillers


Jason Statham (The Italian Job), Academy Award® nominee Clive Owen (Inside Man) and Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) star in Killer Elite, a non-stop action rush from start to finish! (Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    25%
  • Audience Score
    43%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Violence prevails in exciting but uneven action movie.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book-based action/thriller/drama about an assassin who tries to quit the business but is drawn back in has lots of strong violence, including blood, dead bodies, guns and shootings, stabbings, and explosions. There's also a shot of a topless woman, as well as some sexual innuendo, kissing, and flirting. Language is strong and includes both "f--k" and "s--t," and minor characters drink and smoke in a background way.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. What impact does killing for a living have on the main character? Are his decisions believable?
  • How does the movie present revenge? Is it a valid reason to pursue violence? Do the ends ever justify the means?
  • The story is presented as being based on actual events, though there's some speculation about whether that's the case. Why might filmmakers want audiences to think it was based on a true story? Why might some facts be changed?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    25%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Killer Elite reviews
  • Audience

    43%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: I had a reasonably good time, on the whole...

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rotten: With a B+ cast and a script full of pseudo-profound moral complexities, its aspirations are lofty and its achievements are trifling.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, September 22, 2011

Rotten: When Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham unite for an action thriller, we should be able to expect something special. Or at least memorable. Instead, "Killer Elite" gives us ordinary.

- Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Friday, September 23, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

With a a messy script full of expository dialogue, confusing motivations and plot holes, this uninteresting and generic movie is also only able to move forward by relying on stupid characters who are no more a killer elite than a bunch of incompetent amateurs.

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

2 stars

With a a messy script full of expository dialogue, confusing motivations and plot holes, this uninteresting and generic movie is also only able to move forward by relying on stupid characters who are no more a killer elite than a bunch of incompetent amateurs.

- blacksheepboy, Tuesday, December 25, 2012

4 stars

An excellent and explosive action film that puts story, substance and characters before the spectacle. A strong, edgy, solid and powerful movie. It packs some intense punch and great character development. It`s smart, hard-boiled, intense and wickedly entertaining. A top-notch action-packed edge of your seat thriller. A heat-seeking missal of a roller-coaster ride that dosent stop. A riveting, thrilling and utterly breathtaking movie. A tremendously enjoyable film that`s loaded with heart-pounding suspense and non-stop action. This movie was nothing but flat-out awesome from start to finish. It`s the real deal. Director, Gary McKendrys fiery directional debut is nothing short of sensational work. The all-star cast takes the cake with their powerhouse performances. Jason Statham is at his absolute best, giving an outstanding performance. Clive Owen is magnificent. Robert De Niro is fantastic. De Niro, Owen and Statham are amazing in this film adding alot of strengths to their characters and develop them very well. An unforgettable adrenaline-rush.

- allan913, Tuesday, October 30, 2012