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A convoluted action adventure time waster
, February 25, 2012
This review is from: Killer Elite (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (Blu-ray)
This perfunctory action film opens in Mexico with a hit squad comprised of Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Dominic Purcell taking out some high ranking guy in a limo. We don't know who he is (politician?, drug lord?) but the scene closes when Danny (Statham) comes face to face with the young son of the guy he just killed. I guess this is the critical point when Danny decides to retire.
A year later in 1981, Danny has moved to Australia and taken up housekeeping with Anne (Yvonne Strahovski, TV's "Chuck"). She's gorgeous of course, but you wouldn't know it here. She is pretty much wallpaper in a roomy cotton dress most of the time. Danny must travel to Oman to rescue his friend Hunter (De Niro) who is being held by a sheik. So here's the deal. The sheik will release Hunter if Danny will fulfill Hunter's original job. That is to kill 3 British SAS (Special Forces) officers that were responsible for killing the sheik's 3 sons during the conflicts in the late 1970's. This is never clear when or why. Just that they are dead and the Brits did it.
But, these guys can't just be killed. They must confess first and Danny must provide proof. Danny gets his old buddy Davies (Purcell, the best thing in this movie) and another guy (Aden Young) to help out. There's a $6 million reward if they pull it off plus the release of Hunter. My head starts to hurt trying to figure out who is on which side. Something about a double top secret SAS squad controlled by some old farts in suits.
Somehow Clive Owen is involved as the main foe of Danny. But then Spike (yes, that's Owen's character) is all for Queen and country. Spike is also the only one who has a chance of beating Danny in hand to hand combat. This movie is a convoluted mess. Even with a stellar cast this film is just a time waster. Statham is as good as it gets in action adventure and Owen is always good. But De Niro is miscast and is obviously here for a paycheck. They are not the problem. Based on true events, the entire concept is just an incoherent bore the way it is written.
The Blu ray disc is sharp and clear. The DTS-HD Master Audio is solid if not spectacular. I was expecting a bit more for this type of movie. Special features are spare. Some deleted scenes and not much else.
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