by Lorie Lewis Ham
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Killer Elite is an action thriller based on a true story. Danny (Jason Statham) is a hired killer (I’ve searched around online and some reviews say he is an ex-agent-if that’s true we somehow missed that side of the story) who decides it is time to get out of the business because he is tired of killing. He moves to Australia and is trying to build a normal life, when the life of his best friend and mentor Hunter (Robert De Niro) is threatened, forcing him back into the game.
Danny puts together his old team and they go out on an assignment to kill some ex special ops agents in exchange for Hunter’s life. Danny finds himself pitted against another ex special ops agents, Spike (Clive Owen), who is a part of a secret society put together to keep their old missions from becoming public and endangering their current lives.
The movie crosses the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East. It is filled with action and a lot of killing, along with the drama of the lives of those who choose to be killers whether for profit or for the government and how that changes their lives. At one point in the movie, one of them states they are all part of a “club”-elite killers. The storyline is a little confusing at points, but I really like how the movie shows the struggles within all three of the men between doing their job and doing what is right—it’s not just a shoot ‘em up with no conflict.
Deniro is wonderful as always, and it’s fun to see him play someone so tough at his age and do it so convincingly. I also really liked how the movie ended. But if you don’t like action, a lot of violence, and death—this is not the movie for you. If on the other hand you enjoy that—it’s definitely worth seeing.
Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity.
Killer Elite is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.