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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.

Director:

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 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

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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 »

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Trivia

This film is, in no way, a Remake of Peckenpaw's film of the same name. There is absolutely nothing to connect them other than the name. See more »

Goofs

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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[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.
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Connections

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Strange Brew
Performed by Cream
Written by Eric Clapton, Gail Collins and Felix Pappalardi
© E.C. Music Ltd (PRS)
All rights administered by Warner Chappell Music Publishing Limited
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd.
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Surprisingly Flat
25 September 2011 | by BigGuySee all my reviews

I'm not sure what it was about Killer Elite that disappointed me, but it just didn't seem to live up to its potential. It might have been that the movie relied on Jason Statham to act, instead of just do action. He plays a retired hit man who gets pulled out of retirement to save a friend's life. But it just doesn't work, he's unconvincing. The retirement isn't convincing and neither is his reluctance to return to work. He was much better in the Mechanic which dealt with similar issues.

Overall the movie doesn't hold together very well. There is too much that they are trying to accomplish, but not enough gets developed. For instance, the romance between Danny (Statham) and Anne (Yvonne Strahovski) just seems to be cut in to the movie in a few places. The Feathermen (the group about whom the book the movie draws from is written) appear in a few scenes, yet they're role is barely explored. They are spliced in just enough to give Spike (Clive Owen) a support system.

It's not a terrible movie, but it could have been much more. I think it would make a better mini-series, so that the different parts could be explored properly. If not, eliminate the things that aren't given justice.


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Country:

UK | Australia

Language:

English | Arabic | French | Spanish

Release Date:

23 September 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,352,008, 25 September 2011

Gross USA:

$25,124,966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$57,084,522
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.40 : 1
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