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Blu-ray Review: 'Killer Elite'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
1/11/2012 10:22am EST

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Statham.  Owen.  De Niro.  Nuff said.  We’re taking another gander at the based on a true story action yarn “Killer Elite” out on Blu-ray Jan 10 from Universal Home Entertainment.  Mano-to-mano review below!


Killer Elite Blu-ray



   Title: "Killer Elite"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro

   Director: Gary McKendry

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 117 minutes

   Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment




The Flick: Re-watching "Killer Elite" in a home setting, I wasn’t as bothered by the film’s slower pacing.  Unfortunately, the chocked full of too much info due to being based on a true story element is still front and center in this one.  But while Statham goes through the tough guy motions and De Niro seems to walk his way through, I still appreciated the layered and complex work by Clive "Shoot ‘Em Up" Owen as a soldier in desperate need of a war.  This one could have been a serious stand out – just needed an editor who’s an expert in unneeded subplot and useless ideas cutting.

Best Feature: The 'Deleted Scenes' have (oh yeah!) sweet candy in the form of extra cut Clive Owen kicking ass sequences that should have stayed in the movie!

Best Hidden Gem: Dominic Purcell plays a particularly memorable slimy role here!

Worth the Moola: Action fans who aren’t all that discerning and don’t mind a long running time (and a little awesome Owen as an added bonus!), you might enjoy this one more than I did.

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Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Universal Home Entertainment