Killer Elite


Killer Elite

Critics Consensus

A rote, utterly disposable Jason Statham vehicle that just happens to have Clive Owen and Robert De Niro in it.



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A match-up made in tough-guy heaven -- Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro star in Killer Elite. Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world's most elite operatives - Danny, an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) and Hunter, his longtime mentor (Robert De Niro) - against the cunning leader of a secret military society (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 cat and mouse - where the predators become the prey. -- (C) Open Road Films

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  • Jan 04, 2014
    Some exciting bits and a superficially intriguing plot, complemented by passable acting from Statham and Owen (not to mention De Niro, on his way into the sunset), but about halfway through I just got bored. It had what appeared to be a fine ending around the 1:15 mark - might have left some plot holes, but I was ready for it to end - after which it continued wending its way toward a nearly two-hour runtime. Good effort, pleasing to watch, but in all it's the epitome of mediocrity.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2013
    Six months after getting inexplicably weepy on a job in Mexico, retired hitman Danny Bryce(Jason Statham) is whiling away the time in Australia with Anne(Yvonne Strahovski). That's where he is when he gets the call that his old partner, Hunter(Robert De Niro), is being held captive by Sheikh Amr(Rodney Afif) in Oman who has six months to live. In exchange for Hunter's life and six million dollars, he wants Bryce to kill the men who killed three of his sons. Plus, if it's not too much trouble, he also wants it to look like accidents and for them to confess. Even worse is that they are all SAS and trained to resist torture. Once back in England, Bryce recruits Davies(Dominic Purcell) and Meier(Aden Young), a couple of old pals. I appreciate the movie "Killer Elite" trying at least at first to do something different with its subdued palettes in sorting through the murky world of secret governmental skullduggery where there are no good guys. That's important to note considering how well the movie handles the delicate subject of blowback which will become increasingly important in the years after this movie's 1980 setting. And casting Jason Statham and Clive Owen as characters on the different side of the same coin does not hurt even though the movie tilts in the direction of the absurdly sentimental killer. As time goes on, that difference becomes increasingly clearer as it heads towards a third act full of increasingly confounding plot twists in search of a climax that never arrives, instead finding a sudden stop at the end of its long winding road.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2013
    A really boring piece of blockbuster that didn't served any purpose. Possibly one of the worst film starring Jason Statham. The whole film was pointless and messy. I didn't know what the film is about after I finished watching it.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2012
    With a a messy script full of expository dialogue, confusing motivations and plot holes, this uninteresting and generic movie is also only able to move forward by relying on stupid characters who are no more a killer elite than a bunch of incompetent amateurs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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