Based on a true story, Killer Elite races across the globe from Australia to Paris, London and the Middle East in the action-packed account of an ex-special ops agent (Jason Statham) who is lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro). To make the rescue, he must complete a near-impossible mission of killing three tough-as-nails assassins with a cunning leader (Clive Owen).
Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert de Niro star in this action packed hit man movie, which was adapted from a book by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, that sees Statham doing “one last job” to save his mentor’s neck – literally.
De Niro plays Hunter, a master assassin, who has trained and now leads Statham’s character Danny and Davis (Dominic Purcell). An accident leads to Danny killing someone in front of his young son, making him decide to retire and return to his homeland of Australia. A year later however Danny is called back into the dangerous world of assassination when his mentor is held captive after not fulfilling a hit, Danny must step in and complete the task or risk loosing his friend and mentor forever.
From this point in the movie things begin to get a little complicated, the plot seems to have aimed higher than the movie can really reach, with more than one intricate twist that makes the film a little hard to follow.
A film starring Jason Statham, Robert de Niro and Clive Owen creates certain expectations in an audience, and to the films credit it fulfils all of these; there’s plenty of action, gun fire and explosions, but the plot distracts from all this a little too much. You can’t help but feel that if only director Gary McKendry could have simplified the story somewhat before bringing it to the screen.
All in all the film is exciting but the plot prevents it from really filling its action movie potential.