I forgot to write this review. I am never ON TIME with my reviews so that was no surprise, but to forget is kind of rude. It’s not that I didn’t like this movie, I liked it a lot. I think that’s the thing, when I like a movie there is less to say about it. When I don’t enjoy a film watching experience the words will floooowwww.
Killer Elite has a strong testosteroney smell about it, smell, feel, sound, action, everything is manish. I would say manly, but that’s not really what I mean. It’s like Killer Elite was written by MEN who will put an unnaturally beautiful young woman in a flowery dress and boots, throwing hay stacks in a field out of the back of her rugged vehicle while she puffs a short breath from her natural lips to gently toss the mussed hair from her face. You get the picture. Men write these things, direct these things, envision these things. Women, not so much.
There are a lot of really good fights in this flick, yes, good fights. For anyone who listens to our podcast or reads any of my past reviews of action movies, I get BORED during long drawn out fight scenes. I get it, you are kicking the crap out of each other and someone will be going down….let’s get to the point. Then again, there are fights put together that keep my eyes glued to every choreographed punch, kick, and chair (watch it to see what I mean). There is something about a tussle between two men when it’s severe but not brutal, well planned but not boring. The car chases, however, blah.
There is a lot to this movie that goes a step beyond a dude flick-o-rama. A story of assassins for hire, assassins for the government, killing in a war, killing for big business, it could get confusing, and for me it did. Every once in a while I had to just let go of my slight “HUH?” feeling, but that’s just me. Don’t let it worry you. My husband, the one with the penis in this relationship followed all the lame motivations for the pointless violence and greed and other penis related situations. 🙂
I enjoyed the cast, even if there are moments of bad accents, bad line delivery, throw away characters, that’s the ups and downs of a large group pulled together to tell the tale. The music feeds the tension in a good full frontal kind of way. The locations are awesome, taking us all around the world in that gritty immersive way. Overall the elements are quality, the combination is solid, the movie is a good time, and even with the slight details that needed to be elevated a bit it’s one of the best popcorn chomping flicks I’ve seen in a long time.
- Deleted Scenes – Quite a few deleted scenes here, but that is it for extras folks.
- DVD & Ultraviolet Digital Copy – A digital copy and DVD so you can watch anywhere you like.
Cover Art and Menus: 3/10
I would not have this cover as a poster. It’s boring and brain dead in the design appeal department. I think that covers the cover. The menu is completely forgettable since I forgot what it was and no matter how hard I try to dig it from my memory, it ain’t happening.
Audio & Video: 8/10 (By Ascully)
Another week another great looking Blu-Ray transfer, some might say a KILLER Blu-Ray transfer. Killer Elite boasts one of Universals finest looking discs to date with a beautiful 1080P/AVC encode that really is a level above the actual movie. There are a couple of instances of crush and some minor noise in the image (it sort of suits the films, grimy style anyway). That is all that stopped me giving this transfer a top score.
Speaking of score, the audio presentation is quite nice with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 encode that is quite aggressive and uses the surround speakers a lot. The opening scene with De Niro firing shots from an assault rifle is true showcase material. Unfortunately the movie has a problem with bad ADR it’s quite obvious some of the dialog was rerecorded in a studio then synced with the mouths later and at times it’s very distracting. This isn’t a problem with the disc though, so I cannot take points off for that. Overall Killer Elite is a mediocre movie with a above average presentation on Blu-Ray. If your an action junkie you should give it a spin.
With a pretty darn good action flick but no extras this package doesn’t demand much cash. I say if you find it for 10$ on Blu Ray, add it to your collection. If you want to just have a good Friday night at the movies on your couch, rent it and spend the rest on a 6 pack and bag of popcorn from the gas station…come on…you know it’s good stuff!!
Overall Score 6.5/10