Don't worry. This review will be short and to the point. Do you like cheesy 80's action flicks? Then you'll love Killer Elite. Tough dudes beating the shit out of other tough dudes. Guns that never run out of ammo. Random explosions. Sickening displays of hand to hand (and groin) combat. Awesome novelty deaths. Occasional boobs on the screen. It's all there. Most of all, the film actually takes place in the 1980's! Yes, Killer Elite is actually a period piece. Who'd have thunk it?!
So the film is supposed to be based on actual, real life events but I highly doubt that. Either way, Jason Statham and DeNiro are badass assassin dudes whose team travels the world killing foos for money. Statham's character decides he's had enough and retires for a spell but he gets sucked back into the business Godfather III style when his homie/mentor (DeNiro) gets captured. Now Statham and his boys have to do some Mission Impossible type ish and take out some gnarly former SAS (British Special Forces) agents or DeNiro gets it. Should be easy enough for these alpha dog assassins but alas, Clive Owen, the epitome of badassery in this film, stands in their way. He's a former SAS nutjob himself and doesn't take too kindly when his buddies start pushing up daisies.
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The movie is fast paced, has lots of cool action sequences and doesn't completely insult your intelligence. Be warned, there are a lot of AWESOME displays of facial hair in this movie. Sideburns and mustaches galore! This is definelty a dude's movie if there ever was one. There's only like 3 women in the entire film and 2 of them are naked so you don't have to worry about that. DeNiro's performance is totally phoned in but even on his worst day, he's still friggin' DeNiro man. Clive Owen absolutely steals the show and he's the only character who's name I actually remembered (it's..."Spike"). This was actually the first Jason Statham staring vehicle I'd ever seen at the theater and must say, overall, I was pleased. Good job man. The 80's live on.