Killer Elite

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I’d look at your cool gun Clive, but my cool sunglasses force me to contemplate the horizon.

Movie:  Killer Elite

Main Actors:  Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro

MPAA Rating: R

Passionate Expressions:  Look at the main actors of this movie.  What do you think?

Useless Vulgar Language:  Some that pushed the boundaries of context.

Sex in a Good Light:  Again, look at the actors.

Sex in a Bad Light:  Unless it is Statham’s girlfriend, women pretty much only show up in this movie as prostitutes, but, prostitutes make sense for the characters in this movie.  They should be their for context but nudity is not essential for this movie and detracts from the story line.  Fortunately there is not much in there.

Violence:  Absolutely! This whole movie was filled with violence.  Violence done by hard men against hard men and whoever happened to be standing next to them at the time.  Pretty much all of the violence was tied to the plot and necessary for the story.

Overall Rating:  A-

Scorecard

Cinematography: B

Visual Effects: B

Sound/Score: B

Story: A

Acting: A

Food to Watch With:  Bar food, whether it is American or British bar food, anything goes.

Plot Synopsis:  A professional killer goes to England to save his friend and prove that bald guys are the toughest guys in movies.

Review:  I often wonder, when I watch Jason Statham movies, if he is turning into the next Stallone.  The two of them seem to hang out in movies together, they are both tough guys that refuse to do sappy movies like Brucy and Arnold, and they both are working hard to develop that tough looking Clint Eastwood exterior.  But what sticks out to me the most is the movies he chooses to do.  A lot of critics lump his movies together, partly because they are produced pretty quickly and partly because they are along the same lines.  They unfairly say that his movies are A/B level fist-fight movies, nothing much, just a ‘watch on the afternoon when the kids are away’ testosterone flick; I disagree, and I think this movie is a great example of what I am talking about.  Yes, he pounds a lot of faces with his hairy-knuckled fists and yes, he jumps off of a lot of things without knowing where he is going and yes, he does get to do the “I outsmarted you” smirk, but he also does what he does in every other film,  he develops the character.  Like Stallone, he seems generally interested in exploring and portraying violent men, both good and bad.  Why they do what they do, how they do it, what are the assortment of feelings they have about it (because not all violent men feel the same way about their violent acts) and how they cope with the regret, elation and indifference to violence they see and do.  Fortunately, both Clive and Robert locked into this, especially Clive (I think this was one of the best movies I’ve ever seen him in by the way) and the resulting feelings and thoughts they generated were honest.  I thought this movie (based on the book “The Feathermen”) was excellent, and whether it was based on truth or not, the underlying message was very strong and hard to ignore.  Great movie, very R, so don’t rent this one for the romantic evening.

Life Lessons:  I would have thought that by now people would know to never invite the new guy along when they are doing something dangerous.

Summary:  One of Statham’s best movies, entertaining with a great story.

Would I Watch This Again:  I’m planning to.

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3 comments

  1. I have a soft spot for Statham. Some of his films are better forgotten, but I like that he doesn’t seem to take himself too seriously, and able to go from ‘Snatch’ (hustler) to ‘Crank’ (idiot) and ‘Blitz’ (cop) and many other one-word-title films quite easily for someone whom I think knows his limitations, and realises he won’t be winning an oscar any time soon.

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