Killer Elite

Directed By: Gary McKendry

Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, and Dominic Purcell

Catwoman, Alexander, The Last Airbender, and the recent movie Abduction are among an elite group of action films that absolutely, unequivocally suck.  With each of these films, there was a megastar or a lot of hype surrounding the movie, and with each of these films, audiences were sorely disappointed.  Clearly, bad action flicks aren't hard to come by.  When I heard Jason, Clive, and Bobby D. were getting together for Killer Elite, I got pretty excited.  Unfortunately, Killer Elite gets an all-access pass to the crappy action movies club.

Danny (Jason Statham) recently decided to leave his life of killing behind but is plunged back into action when his longtime mentor Hunter (Robert De Niro) is taken captive by a wealthy sheik.  The sheik wants Hunter to kill the three men who murdered his three sons on the battlefield.  He instead turns down this very lucrative mission and tries to run.   Hunter has no interest in killing these men, who happen to be former members of Britain's Special Air Service (SAS), a special forces unit of the British Army.

When his hand is forced, Danny must unfortunately take the mission to kill these dangerous men.  The mission is complicated by the fact that he must make the men confess to the murders of the sheik's sons and that he must make their deaths appear accidental.  Meanwhile, a former SAS badass named Spike (Clive Owen) is out to stop Danny from taking out his friends.

The action was great, but nothing else was.  The film was dry at times, and the thought of getting some shuteye became a pretty strong temptation.  Director Gary McKendry offers nothing involving or suspenseful to reel in the audience.  Instead, he offers an unnecessarily complex plot about which nobody gives a crap.  On top of this, De Niro must have mailed in his performance, because we don't get the acting powerhouse everyone has come to know and love.  I don't know where that legend is, but he certainly isn't on screen.  Killer Elite fails as a film on so many levels.

I came into this movie wanting to like it.  I expected the extraordinary on the big screen.  Instead, I got ordinary crap. Killer Elite has not only two huge action stars in Jason Statham and Clive Owen, but it also has the legendary and iconic Robert De Niro.  Despite all this talent, this film still sucks.  If Killer Elite were in a talent show, I would yank it off stage with a cane and proceed to beat the hell out of it with said cane for wasting my time and money.  This poorly made action flick gets a 0.09% rating.