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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.


Gary McKendry


Matt Sherring (screenplay), Ranulph Fiennes (book) (as Sir Ranulph Fiennes)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Danny
Clive Owen ... Spike
Robert De Niro ... Hunter
Dominic Purcell ... Davies
Aden Young ... Meier
Yvonne Strahovski ... Anne
Ben Mendelsohn ... Martin
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Agent
David Whiteley David Whiteley ... MI6 Man
Matt Nable ... Pennock (as Matthew Nable)
Lachy Hulme ... Harris
Firass Dirani ... Bakhait
Nick Tate ... Commander B
Bille Brown Bille Brown ... Colonel Fitz
Stewart Morritt Stewart Morritt ... Campbell


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


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The first film distributed by Open Road Films. See more »


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 »


[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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Performed by The Stranglers
Written by Hugh Cornwell (as Cornwell), Jet Black (as Duffy), Dave Greenfield (as Greenfield) and Jean-Jacques Burnel (as Burnel)
Albion Music Ltd.
Published by Complete Music Ltd / Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Another Statham super-assassin movie; over-complicated and illogical story underneath
21 September 2011 | by MosHrSee all my reviews

Killer Elite starts with the Jason Statham super-assassin fare, some random Mexican or South American dude is getting whacked and Jason Statham as Danny here kills car-fulls of them. But, then it manages to enormously over-complicate things the way only a British movie can do. There is the secret society called the feather-men (because their touch is sooo soooft), some oil sheik who hires Danny by kidnapping his mentor and a whole slew of characters and sub-characters that inhabit the Killer Elite world that all manage to be a little inconsistent with the rules of the movie.

Jason Statham, DiNiro and Clive Owen star, one gets the feeling they aren't in the movie but are sort of doing their thing floating above it. Statham has to be the super-man, the assassin who can kill a whole army if he wants to, DiNiro has to have his intricate monologues and dialogs, and Clive Owen has to be a badass. It does claim to be inspired by a true story but it's hard to weed out the "it could happen" true part and the chaff that all the big actors drag into the movie. We have the hokey "it's easy to kill but the hard part is living with it" kind of assassin introspection and on the other hand it hints at blood for oil military campaigns and political web but they distinctly form two separate layers in the movie.

As an action movie, it's full of it's shares of shootouts, grisly deaths, car chases and burly men punch-ups. It does that weird thing where goons are shot in the leg or punched in the head rather than killed. I suppose if you don't really care how the plot stupidly unravels itself, it's a decent action movie. But, as a plot, it's over-complicated and borderline nonsensical.

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,352,008, 25 September 2011

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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