Review of Killer Elite

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes' controversial novel "The Feather Men" is adapted to the big screen in this 2011 action thriller. When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen). Also starring Dominic Purcell and Yvonne Strahovski.
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Review of Killer Elite

Rating: R (For strong violence, language, and some sexuality/nudity)

Release Date: September 23, 2011 (USA)

Directed by: Gary McKendry

Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller

Based on a true story, "Killer Elite" follows two of the world's elite operatives, Danny (Jason Statham) and Hunter (Robert De Niro) as they fight against the leader (Clive Owen) of a secret military society. This film follows the two around the world, with scenes in London, the Middle East, Australia, and Paris as they complete their operative mission. Ideal for the adventuring audience member, this film is rated R and best for adults or older teens who like adrenaline-based films.

With a complicated story line, this action/crime/thriller is great for adults who enjoy an interesting story line. The fast-pace of the film has adrenaline-pumping scenes that any audience member can appreciate. The film has few clichés, keeping to reasonable events with outcomes that are realistic.

The film does not have long flashback sequences to give information about characters, but instead focuses on the facts of their home lives, the missions, and their past missions. It is just enough information to have the background information needed, without having to focus on long sequences of events that take away from the present storyline.

The story is very clear, and there are no major confusing factors. The motivation of each character varies, so it can keep the audience interested in which will be more important at the particular time. This does help the story move along at a rapid pace, since any motivation can be a reason for someone to give more information or to run from the operatives.

With realistic fight sequences, the action sections of the film are interesting and understandable. There aren't long periods of face-offs, so no two characters are ever fighting for a personal vendetta so much as groups were fighting for the operation to be completed smoothly.

The movie moves along quickly with the starring roles played by Jason Statham and Clive Owen. The two masterfully play their characters, who are operatives who try to outwit each other as they try to understand the other side's aims and goals to the operation. While they try to outsmart each other, the film is able to take the viewer around the world, following each of their moves like many of the classic crime films. Unique destinations allow the viewer to separate from the area where they are, which is great for becoming involved in the plot and the outcome with the characters.

The film has an unusual plot, so it can be difficult to determine who the bad guys really are. The supporting character played by Robert DeNiro adds to the entertainment value of the film and gives a backbone to some scenes where a single operative may not have been enough.
With a clever back-and-forth between the main characters and the supporting character, the film is easily able to pull in the audience and to make the audience think about which side is actually the good vs. bad. For those who enjoy fast sequences of events without lingering on the reasoning behind the action, this movie provides an outlet to that need.

This film is based on a true story told in a novel about conspiracies in the government, covert-ops, and more. For entertainment, action, and adventure, this film is perfect for the audience member who needs a thrill. There is a twist at the end of the movie that is not expected, which adds to the unique storyline.