Robert De Niro
While the film does have a lot of action sequences, theyíre really spread out, especially for a movie thatís listed as an action flick. I was actually pretty surprised at just how slow-paced KILLER ELITE is. I know that itís 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). Donít 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 Iím a fan of most of Jason Stathamís 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. Itís not a bad film and while it was good, it definitely missed the mark on being great.
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 Iíve actually enjoyed De Niro in since his role in 2007ís Stardust as the cross-dressing pirate, Captain Shakespeare. However, the film itself mostly revolves around Statham and Owenís characters and their separately intertwining stories.