Genre: Action

Director: Gary McKendry

Stars: Jason Stathman, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro

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It should be exciting, really, given the source material: British ex-military officer Ranulph Fiennes‚ supposedly true account of the SAS’s dirty dealings in the Middle East in the 1980s.

Stay with us now: The film follows a mercenary (Jason Statham) whose mentor (Robert De Niro) gets him tied up with an Omani oil magnate who wants three retired British soldiers killed because their covert meddling caused the deaths of his sons.

But wait, there’s more. Another retired British soldier (Clive Owen) is tasked by a shadowy secret society to keep the targets alive. It’s... yeah.

 

Ultimately, Killer Elite is weighed down by its own moral ambiguity and self-seriousness.

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