‘Bourne’-type tough guy match made in heaven

2011-10-24 00:00

THIS is a right rocking Saturday night boys’night out movie, which is exactly how I treated it. And it hit the spot perfectly. Bourne-type fight sequences, steely gazes and a topping of cheesy one-liners are all a real man needs on the weekend, right?

Killer Elite is for the most part a usual Jason Statham vehicle, with two guest stars in Clive Owen and Robert de Niro. In the absence of a contemporary Stallone and Schwarzenegger, you could argue that Statham is filling the void in the 21st century.

The story is set in 1981 and centres around the revenge plot of Omar, a sheik who hires a professional assassin, Danny (Statham), to kill the British SAS officers responsible for his sons’ deaths. As collateral, the sheik captures Danny’s partner, Hunter (De Niro), who will be released only upon completion of the triple killing. To make matters more difficult, Danny is required to obtain videotaped confessions from each man and to make the murders seem like accidents. His crew are the burly Davies (Prison Break’s Dominic Purcell) and technically savvy Meier (Aden Young).

Enter Spike, an ex-SAS operative and head of a secret society called the Feather Men, who opposes their mission. This is where the gamesmanship begins, and it’s a tough-guy match made in heaven.

It’s all pretty routine, straightforward and predictable, and Gary McKendry’s directing debut attracted some disappointing reviews.

Statham is the real deal though in this role. He’s an imposing physical presence onscreen without being a hulk, and manages enough gruff charisma for the lead action role that you actually forget how dull the entire story is. ***

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.