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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 mlission: kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons.

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Gary McKendry

Writers:

Matt Sherring (screenplay), Ranulph Fiennes (book) (as Sir Ranulph Fiennes)
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Cast

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 ... 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
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

May the Best Man Live

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English | Arabic | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinos de elite See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The side-issue of whether the story is true or not has as many twists as the plot itself. As mentioned above, all the families and the S.A.S. denied they had been consulted or involved in any way with the book. However, an article the Daily Mail Online was forced to include an amendment when the widow of Major Mike Kealy admitted she had read and approved of every page that related to her husband. See more »

Goofs

In some of the stunts Danny performs while he is tied to a chair there is no seat part and front legs of the chair, there is only the back portion of the chair. 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 Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) See more »

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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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Finally, a good action movie
17 March 2012 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

I do try to rate films based on their relative quality to other movies from the same genre and on that scale, Killer Elite was almost perfect. Of course, expectations come into play as well, and I had expected yet another Jason Statham implausible action extravaganza and it wasn't that. Instead I got a realistic experience, a complex story, a great cast and good acting all around.

The plot revolves around Statham's character, a hired killer who decides to get out of the business. Of course, that cannot stand, and a slightly ridiculous premise puts him in the game again. Robert de Niro and Dominic Purcell are in his team, while Clive Owen plays for the others. But who are the others? What exactly is going on? What happened with the British SAS in the Oman war?

Bottom line: a political thriller this is not, but there is enough intrigue to make it all interesting. The action sequences are well done and realistic. The fact that it all happens in the 80's gives it even more grit. What I found even nicer is that both de Niro and Statham act better than they did in a long time. Good job!


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