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Killer Elite (2011)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Thriller  |  23 September 2011 (USA)
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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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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Asesinos de elite  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$25,093,607 (USA) (11 November 2011)

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes, an English adventurer, polar explorer and former SAS man is the author of The Feather Men, the novel from which this film is adapted. Although he has often claimed the novel was a true story, the families of the real dead SAS men named in the novel who died on SAS exercises and the SAS themselves publicly attacked it as sick exploitation and complete fiction. The SAS even went on the record to disown both Fiennes and the book, with Lt-Col Ian Smith telling the Daily Mail 'It was utter b****, the figment of a fertile imagination. What was really upsetting was that it was making a story out of a tragedy.' Maggie Denaro, the widow of one of the dead SAS men said of Fiennes 'It's time he grew up. He's made his money out of the book. He should come clean. When the book came out saying Mike had been murdered, we knew it wasn't true. But that didn't stop our children from being upset when other people believed it.' Although Fiennes claims he sent a manuscript of the book to both the SAS and the families of the dead men, who gave their approval, they have all unequivocally denied his claim. See more »


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For what it is, actually pretty good.
28 September 2011 | by (Whitehorse, Yukon) – See all my reviews

I don't recall seeing a movie like this in a good, long time. It's a macho-action-thriller that didn't have an A-list budget, but probably didn't really need it, either. You used to see more of this back in the 70s and 80s; these days this kind of movie usually has a much bigger budget, with the requisite special effects and massive action sequences such a budget buys. Here, though, it's a little different.

Good action, intriguing setup (definitely no good-guy/bad-guy here; nobody is completely innocent by any stretch), and pretty good characters. And a story that's somewhat better than you usually find in this particular kind of film.

Don't know that Jason Statham's a great actor, exactly, but he's definitely a presence and he's got others to do the acting around him, and he performs in a several action scenes that come right up to the edge without getting silly. And I liked the basic plausibility in most of the scenes.

I'm a guy, and Killer Elite is a pretty decent "guy" movie. You could do worse.

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