14 August 2012

Movies: Killer Elite

Killer Elite (2011) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1448755/

Action thriller espionage film, historical drama

Set in the 1980s, Retired British SAS member Danny is contacted when his mentor Hunter is taken captive by an Omani sheik.  When Danny talks to the sheik he finds out in order to free Hunter, Danny will have to hunt down and assassinate three SAS agents that killed three of the sheik's sons . Meanwhile another shadow group of retired intelligence and SAS members takes it upon themselves to stop the assassinations.
Apparently based on a tell-all book that claims to be the truth about British black ops back in the day, although the British government will not confirm anything. So basically the author claims the book is true, the film is based on the book and, of course, things are punched up and condensed and whatnot to make a film.

So lots of action, killings, fighting, etc. Stars Jason Statham as Danny, Robert De Niro as Hunter, Clive Owen as Spike the shadow group guy, bunch of other folks.

The film is pretty much what you'd suspect it would be. Sort of a more actiony Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy type film.  Good production, well shot and edited, no acting surprises out of anyone. Entertaining and enjoyable, although pretty much what one would expect. Sit back and enjoy.

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