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When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen).from£3.49 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play Based on a true story "Killer Elite" races across the globe from Australia to Paris London and the Middle East in the action-packed account of an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) who is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro) To make the rescue he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader (Clive Owen)
Action thriller starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro, based on the 1991 novel 'The Feather Men' by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. Controversially deemed to be based on real events, the story follows Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service, as he is forced into vigilantism following the kidnapping of his mentor, Hunter (Robert De Niro), by a hit squad known only as 'The Clinic'. Danny must face a trio of assassins dispatched by The Clinic's merciless leader, Spike (Clive Owen).
Average Rating for Killer Elite [Blu-ray] - 3 out of 5
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Killer Elite [Blu-ray]Kashif Ahmed
Surprisingly decent, covert-ops caper based on a true story and adapted from the book by ex-'SAS' member Ranulph Fiennes (Ralph & Joe Fiennes cousin). Set in 1980, 'The Killer Elite' features that staple scenario of most gangster, hit man and heist movies: the retired gangster, hit man or thief who returns for that often fatal 'one last job'. Here; former assassin Jason Statham is coerced into accepting an assignment from an exiled Sheik in Oman, whose looking to avenge the murder of his sons by the British; who invaded the Arab sultanate to protect their oil interests and used the 'SAS' to help Oman's Western backed dictator put down a popular revolution in 1975. The Sheik detains Statham's former Master-Sergeant and fellow assassin; Robert Deniro as collateral, and explains the mission: Statham has to track down, get confessions and eliminate the 'SAS' members responsible for murdering the Sheik's sons. He's more than up to the task, but the arrival of Clive Owen, as a shady ex-'SAS' man who gets wind of the operation and decides to intervene, complicates matters no end.
'The Killer Elite', directed by first timer Gary McKendry, boats a sterling cast, some well choreographed action sequences and even makes a few good points about the vicious circle of conflict and exploitation: "You SAS types; always looking for action, never stopping to think of the bigger picture", sneers a government spook. And Statham's poignant summary of the perverse system that trains killers, sends them to war on a lie and has to keep coming up with new wars to justify their existence and prevent revolts: "You don't know what to do with yourself, and they don't know what to do with you". But the film is still flawed in places, somewhat shoddily put together with a few plot points that make no sense at all. Now I tend not to nitpick on every detail and rarely spot movie mistakes, but 'The Killer Elite' does contain some howlers e.g. these men have to be the most unobservant bunch of Special-Ops killers ever; for none of them seem to realize when they're being followed. And there's an exceptionally bad oversight involving Statham's crew staking out a target area, only for Clive Owen to simply walk by and not notice the vehicle he'd been chasing or the guy he'd fought in an epic punch up only moments ago!
The acting is OK; Robert DeNiro isn't really in it and is more of a MacGuffin than an actual character. Clive Owen sports a killer Des Lynam moustache and does as well as the script allows whilst Statham carries the bulk of the picture with his trademark tough guy persona and understated cool. But 'The Oman-Dhofar Rebellion' itself was a dirty war mired in convoluted political machinations and dodgy deals cut by suspect characters across the globe; far too complex an issue to cover in an action movie. When it works, 'The Killer Elite' is an entertaining throwback to old school thrillers like Frederick Forsyth's 'The Dogs of War' and 'The Hunter' and ought to appeal to Statham fans. Hit and miss.
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