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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%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    25%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • 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

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

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

2 stars

Jason Statham is normally a 'type-cast' kind of actor that I normally steer clear of. It's not that I dislike him personally but his films tend to be of a particular genre that I don't much care for. All they seem to consist of, is the "The Stath" serving out his knuckle sandwiches on some stereotypical numskulls. For me, the draw to this film was my liking for Clive Owen and especially my personal favourite Robert DeNiro. Unfortunately, even those two couldn't save this film from mediocrity. Former assassin Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), is brought out of retirement to save his mentor Hunter (Robert DeNiro), now held captive by a Oman sheikh. In exchange for Hunter's freedom, Danny must hunt and kill the SAS officers that the sheikh believes killed his three sons during the Oman war. Danny is certainly up to the job but it's not made easy when another ex-SAS officer, Spike Logan (Clive Owen) is determined to keep what happened in Oman a secret. Opening with an intense action set-piece sets this film up well and from the off-set, it promises to be quite a thrilling ride. Statham delivers his usual bad ass schtick and it's great to see DeNiro flex a little of his (ageing) action muscles too. Once the initial 10 minute action is over though, DeNiro takes a back seat, Statham takes over and Clive Owen is brought into the mix of intrigue and espionage. Surprisingly though, it doesn't deliver the action expected and the intrigue is less than... erm, intriguing. The film falls flat very early on and it seemingly has no chance of redemption. That is, until Statham and Owen finally cross paths in a brutal physical exchange that's impressively handled and before we know it, the film has found it's feet again. Or so it would seem for this fleeting moment of fisticuffs. After that's over and done with, the film falls back into it's not-so-comfortable formula and fails to ever resurface. Reportedly, it is based on true events (as reflected in ex-SAS and adventurer Rannulph Fiennes' book "The Feather Men") but whether that's true or not, it still doesn't add anything to the story. The delivery is just a bit too tedious which I found to be quite a conundrum in itself as the material should make for an exciting watch. Added to which, nobody really puts a foot wrong; Statham and Owen deliver the goods and solid support is given by DeNiro and Dominic Purcell from TV's "Prison Break"; debutant director Gary McKendry also seems to be in command of his material and frames his film well. Sadly, it just doesn't quite come together, which leads me to the conclusion that it's the script that's the major issue here. This is the type of film that's neither an out-and-out action movie or a complete spy thriller. It can't seem to make it's mind up and as a result will probably disappoint fans from both camps. At one point Statham says "Killing's easy. Living with it is the hard part": the same could be said of this film; putting it into the DVD player is easy, getting through to the end is the hard part.

- MrMarakai, Saturday, October 20, 2012