Killer yet meek

OUT NOW! in KILLER ELLITE the worn identity of the action genre takes another bullet in the head.

Based on a (widely repudiated) true story, Killer Elite follows international killer Danny (Statham) on, well, an international killing spree. There’s an underlying conspiracy involving the SAS and the British government, but what this conspiracy actually entails is beside the point – we’re just meant to know that it’s there and it’s serious. Everything else, from the trite dialogue to the uninspired direction, is just machismo trying hard to be another Bourne, but lacking all the directorial deftness through which the latter reinvented the long exhausted action genre.

Killer Elite | Directed by Gary McKendry (USA, Australia 2011) with Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro. Starts October 27