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

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

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Twenty-five actors and actresses featured, have either lived, or were born in Australia: Dominic Purcell, Yvonne Strahovski, Ben Mendelsohn, Matthew Nable, Firass Dirani, Nick Tate, Bille Brown, Stewart Morritt, Grant Bowler, Michael Dorman, Daniel Roberts, Rodney Afif, Jamie McDowell, Dion Mills, Chris Anderson, Sandy Greenwood, Michael Carman, Barry Stones, Kristy Barnes-Cullen, Ray Tiernan, Blake O'Leary, Tim Hughes, Tony Porter, Lachy Hulme, and Salim Fayad. See more »


At the beginning of the movie when Hunter is rescuing Danny. When getting into the car Hunter yells, "There was a kid in the car". Hunter never looked in the car and Danny never tells him. See more »


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Violent and nail-biting film dealing with a killer-for-hire carries out a bloody revenge to free his partner
19 February 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Stirring as well as non-stop action movie , being allegedly based on facts , though the SAS even went on the record to disown both writer Fiennes and his book . After a brilliantly exciting opening in a thrilling terrorist action executed by Danny (Jason Statham) his mentor named Hunter (Robert De Niro , he is the only American born actor in this film) is taken captive by a disgraced Arab sheik, then the killer-for-hire is forced into action . His assignment : kill three members of Britain's elite Special Air Service responsible for the death of his sons . As it concentrates on the painful vendetta proceeded by an Arab oil magnate , as he kidnaps Hunter and coerces to Danny his search for revenge . Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny helped by Davies (Dominic Purcell), and Meier (Aden Young) pull off his relentless mission to free their colleague who is being held captive .

This moving picture contains thrills , unstoppable action , betrayal , fighting , car pursuits and lots of deaths , as it has a great body count : 21 . There are echoes here of many other action movies and behind the deceits , plot twists and manipulation is essentially a simple yarn . This is a thrilling picture in which our main starring , Jason Statham , is plunged into a highly dangerous game of vendetta and deception - where things are not always what they appear to be . The film is built around the internal secret services and SAS which sidelines in dirty work that ever the CIA won't touch . The flick contemplates the old themes of trust , friendship , vengeance , treason , cold violence and humiliation . The set pieces such as car chases , impressive as well as violent fights and a roof chases including bounds and leaps are all magnificent , as are so many secondary scenes . Interesting screenplay by Matt Sherring plenty of twists and turns , being inspired by the book "The Feather Men" written by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, this was 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 . As mentioned above, all the families and the British special forces denied they had been consulted or involved in any way with the book .

The main cast is pretty good such as Jason Statham , Clive Owen , Yvonne Strahovski and Robert De Niro . Though the main starring results to be Jason Statham who from Transporter (2002) he already had a background in martial arts which enabled him to perform his own fight sequences , he followed in several similar roles as a two-fisted hunk in Charles Bronson ink such as War , Crank , The mechanic , Safe , Parker , Blitz , Hummingbird , Homefront , Wild card among others . Support cast is frankly well such as Dominic Purcell, Ben Mendelsohn, Anden Young , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , Nick Tate , Bille Brown, Stewart Morritt, and Grant Bowler . Atmospheric and appropriate musical score by Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Simon Duggan . The motion picture was professionally directed by Gary McKendry , though has ups and downs . Rating : 6 . Acceptable and passable . Not very good , but enough to be going on with .

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Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,352,008, 25 September 2011

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