Killer Elite

September 23rd, 2011


Killer Elite

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When his mentor is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.5/10 (33,479 voted)

Critic's Score: 44/100

Director: Gary McKendry

Stars: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro

Based on a true story, Killer Elite pits two of the worlds' most elite operatives - Danny, an ex-special ops agent (

Writers: Matt Sherring, Ranulph Fiennes

Jason Statham - Danny
Clive Owen - Spike
Robert De Niro - Hunter
Dominic Purcell - Davies
Aden Young - Meier
Yvonne Strahovski - Anne
Ben Mendelsohn - Martin
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Agent
David Whiteley - MI6 Man
Matthew Nable - Pennock
Lachy Hulme - Harris
Firass Dirani - Bakhait
Nick Tate - Commander B
Bille Brown - Colonel Fitz
Stewart Morritt - Campbell

Taglines: May the Best Man Live


Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Open Road Films [United States] |

Release Date: 23 September 2011

Filming Locations: Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,300,000 (USA) (25 September 2011) (2986 Screens)

Gross: $25,093,607 (USA) (13 November 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

24 actors/actresses featured have either lived or were born in Australia: Dominic Purcell, Yvonne Strahovski, Ben Mendelsohn, Matthew Nable, Firass Dirani, Nick Tate, Bille Brown, Stewart Morritt, Grant Bowler, Michael Dorman, Daniel Roberts, Rodney Afif, Jamie McDowell, Dion Mills, Chris Anderson, Sandy Greenwood, Michael Carman, Barry Stones, Kristy Barnes-Cullen, Ray Tiernan, Blake O'Leary, Tim Hughes, Tony Porter, and Salim Fayad.

Anachronisms: The movie takes place in 1980, but one of the very first establishing shots in the movie clearly shows a red Pontiac Fiero, which didn't come out until 1984.

Davies: You don't trust that snake, do you? He's lying.
Danny: Yeah? How do you know?
Davies: His lips were moving.

User Review

The title says it all...

Rating: 10/10

I'm baffled by some of the reviews I've seen of this film. I saw it this weekend and think it's really strong. Clive Owen and Jason Statham are both excellent as... elite killers. The action is great, the story is intricate and watching the plot unfold is just fun. You've got a group of mercenaries on a dubious mission, a group of ex-SAS stumbles on to them and then both sides are trying to figure out who the other guys are and what they're up to. Maybe it throws some people that there are no clear cut good guys and bad guys here. Both sides are essentially bad guys acting out of a questionable sense of what is right. But that's what made it interesting to me.

The film is at it's best when Owen and Statham are on screen together either coming after each other, fighting or staring each other down. Add a gun wielding, ass kicking De Niro into the mix and I'm happy sitting in a dark theater and munching popcorn.


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