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"Killer Elite" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

When two of the world's most elite operatives -- Danny, a retired contract killer (Statham), and Hunter, his longtime mentor (De Niro) -- go up against the cunning leader of a secret military society (Owen), their hunt takes them around the globe from Australia to Paris, London, and the Middle East. As the stakes rise along with the body count, Danny and Hunter are soon plunged into an action-packed game of cat-and-mouse where no one is what they seem. Based on a true story, it's an explosive, no-mercy thrill ride where the predator ultimately becomes the prey.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 57 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: MPEG-4 BD50
  • 1080p
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Nero
  • Directed by Gary McKendry
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Some nudity
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Based on a true story (how much is based on actuality, is anyone’s guess), a wealthy Omani ex-king in exile, forces a retired contract killer Danny (Statham) to kill the SAS soldiers who executed his 3 sons. A private organization of ex SAS men (known as “Feathermen” for their light touch in geo-political affairs) assigns Spike (Owen) with protecting the super-secret organizations identity. The plotting is "above average" with some nice twists and turns. More than just an action flick, you'll have to pay attention or get left behind in the plot. Though it takes place in the 1980’s, the film has certain immediacy to it and also contains one of the best fight scenes I have seen in a long time between Owen and Statham. I love De Niro, but his talents were not well invested here.

Technical

The picture quality is very good in this film, though somewhat stylized. The desert scenes are bright and slightly overblown, while the London scenes have a steely blue tint to them. Details are very sharp. Every crag in De Niro's face shows up in remarkable detail. Why do hitmen always sport 3 days worth of facial hair (I'm talking to you, Statham!)? The sound is also quite detailed. Listen to the fly buzzing around the surround speakers in the opening scene. Explosions are deep and punchy, the way they should be. The machine guns exhibit a nice metallic clattering sound when they go off. This flick is certain to entertain and you will not regret your 2 hours of viewing this with the boys. Recommended.

Extras

Extras included with the Combo Pack: the BD, DVD, digital copy, Ultra-violet, & BD Live with a pocket BLU app. Deleted/extended scenes are also included.