44: Killer Elite (AKA badass guys with guns ‘n stuff)

Killer Elite – September 23, 2011
Starring: Jason Statham, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Yvonne Strahovski
Written by: Matt Sherring
Directed by: Gary McKendry

The plot: “When his mentor is taken captive, a retired member of Britain’s Elite Special Air Service is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader.” – IMDB

My thoughts: If you know me or have read any of this blog, you’ve probably realized that I live for Jason Statham. I know he plays the same character in every movie and he doesn’t really “act” but I don’t really give a shit. The performs almost every single one of his own stunts and he delivers the most ridiculous lines ever with perfect form. And his accent is the tops.

Anyway, this movie was based on a true story which makes it kind of crazy. Maybe more than kind of – really crazy. I think that this helps to make the movie a bit more believable and realistic. But then again, what isn’t more believable when compared to oh say, Crank? This definitely veered more toward The Bourne Identity style and plot rather than typical, complete suspension of disbelief style action/gun/blow shit up movies.

Despite that, I wasn’t especially impressed. The acting was good, the cinematography was good, the script was good. But it wasn’t great. I didn’t feel especially compelled by anything happening on screen. I wanted more conspiracies, more action, and a more climactic ending.

There were a couple of memorable moments throughout – or perhaps it would be better to say a couple of memorable kills/deaths. I don’t want to spoil them or you wouldn’t be surprised at how/when they happen.

I’m not entirely sure what to say about the movie. It was all right. If you’re a Statham, DeNiro, or Owen fanatic, then go for it. If you’re looking for the next Transporter, this isn’t it. It’s a bit more serious, still with some good action/fighting, but I didn’t feel especially into it.

Stars: 2.5/5


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