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Killer Elite (2011)

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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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Cast

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Pennock (as Matthew Nable)
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Bakhait
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Stewart Morritt ...
Campbell
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,300,000, 25 September 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$25,124,986

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,409,046
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Robert De Niro is the only American born actor in this film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 24 mins) After Danny makes a call, a Jaguar XJS Convertible is seen parked up - these were not introduced until 1983. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Review of 2011 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Out of the Shadow
Written by Nicolas Neidhardt
Performed by Nicolas Neidhardt and Cyril Tarquini
Produced by Nicolas Neidhardt for Aktion Entertainment
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MUCH better than I expected
24 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I sensed what the movie-making powers that be were thinking when they made this movie: Take 3 action stars + 1 super hot blonde = money. Simple enough of a formula to get people in the theaters. My expectations were not that high for this film. But what I found reminded me of a "Bourne Identity" feel for some odd reason, but with more action and less suspense. Injecting the film with reality was Yvonne Strahovski, who made the story believable. I did like the whole 1980 thing the movie had going on as well, which some of these reviews might've missed when they watched the film.

There are many memorable moments, none of which I'm going to tell you.

One of two issues I had with the film is the distance I felt with the characters. They felt close to each other on screen, but not close to me(if that makes any sense). I could've used 5 or 10 minutes getting to know the characters a bit better. Halfway through the film I realized I had forgotten all the character's names, and it was all facial recognition. Secondly, I could have used a bit more humor. I guess when making movies on real events it's hard to get a good laugh without coming off corny. I think they missed an opportunity there with Yvonne Strahovski's character.

I would've given this movie 7 stars, but it didn't seem right considering just how much enjoyment I got out of it and such a solid performance of the actors.


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