Monday, October 24, 2011

Killer Elite

Based on a true story. That is always a loaded statement. Unless it is a documentary, the lines are always going to be gray. We have Moneyball on one side and this movie on the other. While I do believe it is based on a true story, aren't most works of fiction outside of horror and fantasy?

So, we're in the 80's. We've got some assassins for hire. They make their kills look like accidents, or ambushes, whatever the job calls for. We have some old British spies running some game that gets them money (not super clear to me). And we have a de-throned king of Persia (not sure where he's from).

But let's back up. The title of the movie is terrible. It might as well have gone straight to video (but I think it might still be in theaters). The book it's based on is called The Feathermen (named after the secret old dude society). Not much of a better title itself.

How they got DeNiro, Statham and Clive Owen (and the hot girl from CHUCK) in this movie, I have no idea. It must have been better in the script than what ended up on screen. Not that it is terrible. But a month later I'm trying to remember much about it. I think Dracula from Blade 3 plays a big sideburns dude.

But the action is well choreographed. There are some nice twists. It could have been worse.

Did you enjoy it?
Surprisingly, yes.

Would you see it in theaters again?

Would you buy it?

Would you rent it?

Would you watch it if you saw it was on TV?


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