Killer Elite (Rated R)
Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert DeNiro
Directed by Gary McKendry
Plot: A retired British agent to pulled back into the game when his mentor is kidnapped.
Statham. Owen. DeNiro. Just those three names on the same movie poster had me excited. DeNiro is one of the greatest actors of his generation. Owen is always interesting and brings a cerebral quality to the action films he’s done. Statham is just a badass – whether its a chase scene or a fight scene, he’s always amazing to watch. He may not be the the world’s greatest actor, but he’s got charisma to spare and I’ve only ever been disappointed by one of his films, In the Name of the King. (I don’t blame Statham for that one though; I blame the director, Uwe Boll – he makes Michael Bay seem Oscar ready.)
The movie is based on a true story and taken from a book by Ranulph Fiennes called The Feather Men. Statham plays Danny and DeNiro is Hunter, two assassin. They are working in a very bad area of Mexico when an operation goes bad. After taking out a target, Danny realizes his target’s child was in the car. He leaves the agency and retires to his boyhood home in Australia. A year later he receives a package which shows a kidnapped Hunter.
Turns out he’s been taken by an Arab sheik who wants revenge on the British officers who killed his sons. Hunter took the job “no questions asked” but then tried to back out once he knew the targets. Danny must take out the targets if he wants to save Hunter. Clive Owen is Spike, a former SAS officer who is trying to stop Statham and protect the men for an undercover group called The Feather Men, all former SAS officers.
Killer Elite isn’t a perfect movie. The story jumps around and makes some odd choices to move the plot ahead. There are so many characters introduced without really having any time spent on them, it made it hard to keep the plot straight. The direction is decent in the action scenes, but it doesn’t compensate for a messy script. It’s also impossible to know how accurate the film is since the British Government denies the whole thing ever happened.
For me personally? I don’t go into these movies expecting to be mentally challenged. I just want to see Statham kick some ass, which he does. Owen is very good, too, and DeNiro in a supporting role (he’s kidnapped for much of the film) is spot on. I enjoy seeing DeNiro much more in this kind of film than the silly comedies he’s apparently become so fond of.
Killer Elite won’t win any awards, but it’s solid action movie that most fans of the genre should enjoy.
Killer Elite is playing at the Ames Cinemark Movies 12. Opening week showtimes follow:
Friday – Sunday: 10:55 am, 1:45 pm, 4:30 pm, 7:25 pm, 10:10 pm
Monday – Thursday: 4:30 pm, 7:25 pm,10:10 pm
Times are subject to change so check out Cinemark.com for the latest showtimes.