Killer Elite

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A mercenary, Danny (Jason Statham), is called back into action when his former partner (Robert De Niro) is being held captive by a sheik. Danny’s new assignment is to hunt down and kill the men who killed the sheik’s three sons, eliciting confessions from them while making their deaths look like an accident. The tricky part: the targets are all British SAS agents, and a high-profile member of a secret illegal group (Clive Owen) is tracking Danny and his team.

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Bullets, blood and brash language are the calling cards for Killer Elite. ClearPlay edits two scenes of brief nudity and lovemaking, but the real work comes in trimming more than a hundred profanities (including 50 F–words) and many scenes of bloody violence. The ClearPlayed version still dwells on violence and revenge — it is, after all, a movie about killing — and will mostly appeal to hardcore action fans.

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As action films go, Killer Elite has some interesting plot developments and is competently made, but suffers from its darkness, nonexistent sense of humor and lack of appealing characters. Although Statham’s character is presented as a “moral” killer who doesn’t want the innocent to suffer, there is more than enough collateral damage in Killer Elite to alienate all but the diehard thrill seekers.

Marty Nabhan—ClearPlay Peacenik

Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality/nudity; 116 min; Directed by Gary McKendry
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