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Killer Elite

Crime . Thriller . Adventure . Action

Based on a shocking true story, Killer Elite pits two of the world’s most elite operatives—Danny, an ex-special ops agent and Hunter, his longtime mentor—against the cunning leader of a secret military society. Covering the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East, Danny and Hunter are plunged into a highly dangerous game of cat and mouse—where the predators become the prey.

Actors: Matthew Nable , David Whiteley , Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje , Ben Mendelsohn , Aden Young , Yvonne Strahovski , Dominic Purcell , Robert De Niro , Clive Owen , Jason Statham
Directors: Gary McKendry
Release: 2011-09-23
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  • Peter Debruge

    A macho, adrenaline-fix suspenser that plays like the bigscreen equivalent of those pulpy spy novels that once clogged grocery-store checkouts.

    Variety Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    This is actually a pretty good thriller, based more on character and plot than on action for its own sake. The need to construct killings that look like accidents adds to the interest.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This muscular thriller--led by Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro--strives to be a genuinely good film, but unwilling to let go of proven formulas, it falls short.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rob Humanick

    Killer Elite is pleasurable enough, but with a steadier hand, it could've been one for the books.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A snarly Euro-thriller with crust under its fingernails and bad breath. It doesn't care if you like it, which is why I kind of do.

    New York Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite having a perfect cast for a title like Killer Elite, Gary McKendry's feature debut comes across as little more than a generic Jason Statham movie with two high-profile guest stars.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Best of all, the filmmakers took the time to give these hard men just the right things to say - not catchphrases, just lines that smell of blood and gunpowder every time Statham, Owen or DeNiro utter them.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    It's a generically enjoyable action film with a bit of hardboiled based-on-a-true-story-ness about it, and since it's set in the '80s and feels like an '80s movie, it seems a lot like something you must have seen years ago. Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    If you're willing to accept Killer Elite as a shoot-'em-up action movie with good actors taking the spots of the usual lunk heads (but spouting the usual nonsense), you'll be pleased with the film.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    De Niro, in what amounts to an extended cameo, is radically miscast. That's still no excuse for his nonperformance, which is beyond lackluster.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The picture, the debut feature of Irish director Gary McKendry, is rote and joyless, an exercise in disposability.

    Movieline Full Review
  • James Adams

    Killer Elite's major problem: motion at the expense of emotion.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Loaded with careening car chases and rooftop runs, glass-shattering shootouts and exploding fireballs, Killer Elite offers more than enough to keep action junkies happy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Killer Elite is based on a true story and about a half-dozen Jason Statham movies.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The script is a mess. It's an object lesson in taking a nonfiction book ("The Feather Men," about a cadre of ex-British Special Air Service operatives) and making a hash of it.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Killer Elite is too formulaic to overcome a been-there, done-that feel.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Killer Elite pretends to be fact-based and true to its 1980s period. Just know it's all baloney.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    There's nothing here for the viewer to do, no kinks to work out, no double-crossings to anticipate, not even a half-hearted flail at figuring out how Danny ticks.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    A few good stunts, some tolerable brooding and one nice, if silly desert chase. But not essential.

    Empire Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    When Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham unite for an action thriller, we should be able to expect something special. Or at least memorable. Instead, Killer Elite gives us ordinary.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nick Pinkerton

    Killer Elite is distinguished by one no-mercy, eye-gouging, testicle-punching brawl, and one whoppingly indifferent screenplay.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • David Fear

    A few awesome firefights does not an action film make, and even De Niro's Ronin-esque interlude can't shake the feeling that the thrill, like the '80s, is gone.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    I've got another portmanteau word for the movie: unbelievaballistic.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    This clumsy action movie feels too generic to be real. The film attempts to add an element of sophisticated sociopolitical commentary to the typical Jason Statham head-busting shoot-'em-up, but only ends up draining it of visceral thrills.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Sara Maria Vizcarrondo

    We all have to make jokes around the water cooler, and if enough people bother to see Killer Elite, its silly nonsense could make for a great comedy routine by Greg from IT.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Pure punishment, this rote action flick from Australia.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Director-co-writer Gary McKendry seems to know a thing or two about hard-fisted fight scenes, but he muddies up the visuals with obligatory spasms of shaky-cam.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Killing looks ridiculously easy in this dispensable exploitation picture, directed for maximum impact of head-cracking pain by ad-trained Irish director Gary McKendry in his first feature.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Whatever the case, Mr. Owen and Mr. Statham (who provides a nice duet with a chair) make a prettily matched pair amid the pileup of sub-Bourne action set pieces, sad laughs and clichés.

    The New York Times Full Review
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