Thursday, 24 November 2011

Angry Movie Lurker Honest Review 58: Killer Elite 2011 (3 STARS)


When his friend is kidnapped, a retired assassin/hitman is forced back into action. His job to kill 3 members of the S.A.S for their part in a mission many years ago in Oman.

The movie is based on a supposedly true story and book written in 1991 by Sir Ranulph Fiennes called "The Feather Men" whose character appears in the movie and who also was seconded to the S.A.S and served in Oman (The Dhofar Rebellion 1962-75) about which the book is mostly about and the reason for the contracts.

Set in 1980, Danny (Jason Statham) is a mercenary who has retired due to a mission which we see going wrong for him, his friend Hunter (Robert de Niro) is kidnapped by a Sheik who believes the S.A.s murdered 3 of his sons in the fighting in Oman years before, he forces Danny to take out these 3 men and make it look like an accident so as not to raise suspicion.
Along with 2 mercenary friends Davies (Dominic Purcell, brilliant in the role and great sideburns) and Mieir (Aden Young) they set out to do so but a society called the Feather Men (ex S.A.S members who protect and look after ex-S.A.S members) learn of the plot and set their man Spike (Clive Owen) plus others to find out and protect the targets.
I won't go into much more other than to say this is a good movie with a lot of action, moustaches, gore, sideburns and car chases. There is conspiracy and dodgy dealings all over it but it's not bad and Yvonne Strahovski (Sarah from Chuck the TV series) is in it.

Ranulph Fiennes has always been very vague about the book and story and was even confronted by a daughter of a character killed in the movie to which he admitted the story was fiction?

Definitely worth a watch and they should make a movie about Ranulph Fiennes (turned down by Cubby Brocolli for the part of James Bond for having hands that were too big and a face like a farmer!).

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good movie, especially considering how much I love me some Jason Statham :D

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  2. Sounds like a decent movie, but my qualm is that if he's admitted it's not totally true then they shouldn't still say it was based on a true story.

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  3. I do not know this film, but I know one: Robert De Niro in no second-class films plays also, therefore I assume this film must be interesting. With us in Germany that only ran end of the last month in the cinema. Amusingly, not at all in the cinema, that has with us in the city is seen announced.

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  4. Saw this movie recently and I saw it mainly because Cliwe Owen was in it (underrated actor imo). I thought it was OK, but the Cliwe Owen scenes were the best :-D

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  5. great review, Lurk! It's seems like a very manly cast indeed :)

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  6. That's my Bond career up the spout then, Oh Ar!!
    Sounds really interesting.
    Cheers
    Paul

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  7. Well it sounds really cool and I'll for sure check it out.

    Christopher

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  8. yes this is a good movie, Happy Thanksgiving

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  9. I don't know how a De Niro film slipped under my radar, but it did. I'll watch it just for him and Owens. It's Thanksgiving here in Yankdom and I'm off to be insulted by my mother-in-law.

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  10. The Stath is usually worth watching and Ranulpg Fiennes does indeed have a farmer-ish face.

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  11. Now that movie seems like pure action. lol.

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  12. heh i totally forgot about this movie. i'll eventually check it out

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  13. OH! I want to see this one!!

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  14. Will you see the Muppet movie? I will, but not until it gets on NetFlix. Love watching them from home. Though sometimes, with a big movie, I like going to the movie house.

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  15. I would watch it just for Statham and De Niro. Nice review.

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  16. What a cast, should definitely be worth a look.

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  17. is this a remake??, i remember a sam pakinpah movie from the 70s with the same name

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  18. Sounds interesting, a lot better than what's in theatres right now.

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  19. Yvonne Strahovski?! The same voice actor from mASS Effect 2?

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  20. I enjoyed it. Guns, fights, boobs. What else do I need?

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  21. looks promising, I'll look for it on netflix later. If you get a chance to, check out my blog

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  22. Excellent, I shall add this to the list of silly but fun films for xmas holiday watching.

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