Killer Elite

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Killer Elite

JOY REVIEW

Killer Elite has a great cast.  It stars Robert De Niro, Clive Owens, and Jason Statham.  Probably the most surprising thing in this film is Jason actually smiles in the first three or four minutes.  The opening is kind of like James Bond where Jason and Robert Deniro are shooting their way out of a situation and saving each other’s lives while being incredibly macho and, of course, violent.  Then Jason decides he can’t do this anymore and retires, runs into a cute girl in Australia, but then finds out Robert has been kidnapped by a Sheik so he has to get back in the game. I don’t want to tell you very much about the plot.  First of all, the movie is incredibly violent.  It’s well shot, but it’s very choppy, and it certainly suggests, as several movies have in the last couple of months, that the Brits were not all that angelic when it came to war. I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, but as Americans we tend to view the Brits as slightly better behaved than Americans.  It turns out that they’re not and this involves a complex plot regarding something called “the feather men” – guys who are now in positions of power in England who are trying to hush up some of the war obscenities that occurred with the British in Oman – the whole thing is apparently based on a true memoir.  The plot is interesting, but a little hard to follow.  These guys are incredibly violent, and Clive Owens plays a guy that we’re not sure is our enemy or not sure is our friend.  It’s very British in some ways, but I mean the most surprising things are Jason’s smile and the British’s perfidy.  Three stars.

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