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When his mentor is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, a killer-for-hire is forced into action. His mission: kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons.

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Loosely based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, a ruthless killer-for-hire (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) - against the cunning leader of a secret society of former Special Air Service operatives('Clive Owen'). Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of revenge and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be. Written by Anonymous

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May the Best Man Live

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos de elite  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,300,000 (USA) (23 September 2011)

Gross:

$25,093,607 (USA) (11 November 2011)
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Robert De Niro is the only American born actor in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Danny, Hunter, and Spike are in the desert at the end of film Spike is standing about 6-8 feet from his car during the sequence. As he watches the others drive away he is now 25-30 feet away and has not moved during the entire sequence. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: The world is in chaos. The economic crisis continues as an oil crises looms. War rages everywhere. It is a time of revolution, assassination and covert operations.
Title Card: It is 1980.
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

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Love Sensation
Performed by Loleatta Holloway
Written by Dan Hartman
EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)
Sound recording courtesy of Verse Music Group LLC ©2011
Originally released on Salsoul Records
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Much better than I expected; excellent pacing
15 January 2012 | by (Las Vegas....baby!) – See all my reviews

Decent acting from the supporting cast, an interesting story that is thankfully absent any clichés, and a lack of any "gotcha" in the story certainly help this movie stand out. But really it's the pacing that made it for me. Things happen FAST. They happen logically, and reasonably (well, reasonably given the nature of the story) but they happen quickly. The movie does not have any periods of introspection for our main characters. It suggests that they are having those moments, but doesn't linger on them or play them up at all; they are just facts, like everything else that happens in the movie (fights, deaths, kidnappings, etc.).

The story is complicated, involving at least 5 separately motivated factions, but at no time was it confusing (so there was no need for an "aha!" moment).

The fight scenes were all exceedingly well choreographed and fit the story so well that there was never a time when 2 people were facing off just so we could see them fight; I really appreciated that.

All in all, a very satisfying film: lots of action, lots of very good acting, and lots of attention to detail (it really looked like it was the early 1980s).

I was going to give this a 7/10, but as I was writing and thinking about it, I upped it to 8/10.


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