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Killer Elite
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Jan 17, 2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Gary McKendry

Actors:
Jason Statham
Robert De Niro
Clive Owen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An ex-special ops agent is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor. To make the rescue, he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Prior to KILLER ELITE coming out in theaters, I cant say that I had heard anything about the film. When it arrived in theaters, I was bombarded by status updates, tweets etc. about how my friends couldnt wait to go check this film out, which prompted me to look it up. I didnt get a chance to see it in theaters, but after discovering that Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro and Chucks Yvonne Strahovski were in it, I was more than curious. To be fair, Strahovski has a pretty minor role in the film for the most part, but as a big fan of Chuck, she obviously made the film that much more appealing to me. Plus, she gets to talk in her native Australian accent and if youre a fan of hers, itll make you swoon a bit.

While the film does have a lot of action sequences, theyre really spread out, especially for a movie thats listed as an action flick. I was actually pretty surprised at just how slow-paced KILLER ELITE is. I know that its based on a true story, but that has never stopped filmmakers from exaggerating action sequences in the past (since based can be a very loose term in filmmaking). Dont get me wrong, I like a good drama or thriller, but when I go into a movie expecting action, I wanna see action! Not like a Michael Bay film where everything from lampposts to trees are spontaneously blowing up, but I just want some awesome car chases, lots of hand to hand combat and some intense shootouts. KILLER ELITE has most of these things, but just in small doses.

I really wanted to enjoy this movie more than I did, especially since Im a fan of most of Jason Stathams movies (heck, I even enjoyed The Mechanic purely for the action), but to me it was only a one-time watch kind of movie. I really liked the cast involved and I think the cast did a pretty decent job with the film, but I went into this movie expecting typical Jason Statham action and came out with a film leaning more towards a not-so-typical Statham drama. Its not a bad film and while it was good, it definitely missed the mark on being great.
THE EXTRAS
The only feature on the Blu-ray release of KILLER ELITE is a set of Deleted/Extended Scenes. Like any and all Deleted/Extended Scene features, theyre hit and miss. Some of them contribute to the movie making more sense, but overall, they were cut from the film for a reason. Do these special features help make this Blu-ray more appealing? Not really. This is a classic case of features that have been included just for the sake of having special features.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
KILLER ELITE looks great on Blu-ray and its definitely a film thats meant to be seen in HD, but if youre weighing on whether to buy the film for your collection or not, I definitely dont think its necessary to own. The only feature that is included with the release is a series of Deleted Scenes, which are pretty hit and miss. If you really enjoyed the movie, it might be worth owning once it goes down in price in a few months, but I cant see this being worth buying at full price.

The film has moments when you can really get into the action and enjoy the story, but mostly it just falls short. I have to say that this is one of the first movies that Ive actually enjoyed De Niro in since his role in 2007s Stardust as the cross-dressing pirate, Captain Shakespeare. However, the film itself mostly revolves around Statham and Owens characters and their separately intertwining stories.
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6:47PM on 01/25/2012
Ya I am getting the same feeling about Drive so I hope we get a more honest review once it comes out. I still may redbox this movie out of sheer curiousity.
Ya I am getting the same feeling about Drive so I hope we get a more honest review once it comes out. I still may redbox this movie out of sheer curiousity.
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9:05PM on 01/17/2012

totally agree...

in fact the whole "when I go into a movie expecting action, I wanna see action!" stopped me from enjoying not only this movie, but also the overpraised DRIVE
in fact the whole "when I go into a movie expecting action, I wanna see action!" stopped me from enjoying not only this movie, but also the overpraised DRIVE
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