'Killer Elite' Critic Reviews
This is London
The plot is over-complicated, the screenplay limp and some of the subsidiary acting is hardly up to the mark.
Filled with action but not terribly engaging and certainly not surprising, this is a mediocre action film at best. (Parental Movie Review also available)
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Killer Elite has enough good scenes to satisfy action fans, as well as those looking for a bit more depth, but as a cohesive whole, it's rather mixed.
There is so much testosterone in this movie, women walk into the theater looking like Taylor Swift, but they walk out looking like Chaz Bono.
Though the film tries to achieve Bourne-style grit and depth, it lacks the intelligence and flair that made the Matt Damon franchise so compelling.
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Despite the presence of some notable acting talent, this not-Elite work turns out to be just another dumb Jason Statham film.
Have fun, action junkies.
The permanently scowling Statham borders on caricature, while the talents of De Niro and Owen are completely wasted.
The only remotely surprising thing about the new thriller Killer Elite is just how resoundingly unsurprising the entire enterprise is and as it plods on and on.
"Killer Elite" sticks to the ribs when it sticks to simple skullduggery and Stathamian standards of busting heads. Whenever it strives for warrior poetry, it's more like a Nantucket-esque limerick scribbled in a London pub's bathroom.
Killer Elite is a throwback to an era when action movies still had balls, when muscular bravado easily overcame banal screenwriting and corny narrative earnestness.
Ask yourself: Would The Parallax View and Three Days of the Condor be better with scissor kicks? Are The Conversation and Marathon Man a few dislocated bones short of greatness? Even if you answered yes, you should lower your expectations.
Film School Rejects
The picture entertains, at times legitimately and at others in a cheesy, '80s action sort of way
Pockets of really interesting action in a sea of tedious exposition.
Features characters less three-dimensional than most cartoons doing and saying things that are only done and said in movies. Bad movies. Really bad movies.
I'm always a fan of more Yvonne Strahovski in my life, but her useless character in the film should have been the first thing to go when they were cutting this convoluted mess down to a reasonable running time.
much of Killer Elite is flummoxed by its own make-up
[It] purports to be based on actual events, chronicling the sinister machinations of a shadowy military organization. But this clumsy action movie feels too generic to be real.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Killer Elite has plenty of killing, but the only thing elite about it is the cast.
grunt grunt grunt *glower* [insert mockney swearing] bash crash punch kick [insert closeup of unshaven stubble]
Kristian M. Lin
Fort Worth Weekly
Look closer at Killer Elite, and you'll see an inky portrait of a world that has lost all moral compass. That's stronger stuff than most action thrillers give you.
Isn't a terribly convincing movie, and while it's difficult to take lightly, it's best to approach the picture as a brainless creation out to quicken pulses. Accepting any of this as serious business is only going to lead to a headache.
Mark Reviews Movies
A mess from the bottom up.
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
...ust another middle-of-the-road, choppily edited, unsatisfying mess of an action movie. Think of it as The Killer Mediocre.
Philadelphia Daily News
The movie is all attitude, successfully delivered by Statham, De Niro, and Dominic Purcell...