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"Killer Elite" - {Bluray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Universal
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
January 10, 2012
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

Although it shares nearly the same title as Sam Peckinpah's film, "Killer Elite" beyond the fact that it involves government affiliated assassins has nothing to do with the film. "The Killer Elite" (Peckinpah's film) is based on the novel "Monkey in The Middle" by Robert Rostand while THIS film is based on a "nonfiction" book by Sir Ranulph Fiennes called "The Feather Men".***

Mercenary assassins Danny Bryce (Jason Statham), Davies (Dominic Purcell), and Meier (Aden Young)must save their colleague Hunter (Robert DeNiro)who is taken prisoner for a failed assassination. If Bryce, Davies and Meier don't complete Hunter's mission (for which he was promised $6 million) to assassinate the killers of the Sheikh Amr's sons, they'll kill him. Complicating Bryce's mission are "the Feather Men" a group of former SAS members who protect their own. Their enforcer Spike Logan (Clive Owen) is sent to investigate and prevent the killing of its members.***

A well made thriller from first time feature director Gary McKendry, "Killer Elit" positively bristles with energy and features something a bit unusual for a thriller of this type--actual character development. It's not enough that the action sequences are well designed, many unique and well shot the fact that McKendry and screenwriter Matt Sherring create a compelling thriller with a solid story and solid performances. There have been some compliants about the various subplots in the film slowing down the action with exposition and I'd disagree. I found it to be a nice combination of the parranoid thrillers from the 1970's and early 80's combined with the more recent action driven ones. I suspect that those complaining about the exposition don't care for those more paranoid spy thrillers from another era.***

The one flaw with the film is that it could have been trimmed a bit but that's a minor complaint at best. The characters, acting and action sequences more than make up for a slightly bloated running time. At it's best "Killer Elite" reminds me of some of John Frankenheimer's strong later thrillers.***

Image & Sound:

The DVD looks quite nice with a solid presentation. Colors are on the cool side (and reflects the original theatrical presentation of the movie). Audio is extremely active with a nice, immersive 5.1 mix.***

Special Features:

It would have been nice to have a more special features such as a commentary track unfortunately all we get are 13 deleted scenes.***

Final Words:

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