Parents' Guide to

Killer Elite

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violence prevails in exciting but uneven action movie.

Movie R 2011 105 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

loved it :)

tons of intense crazy action, this is a badass movie :)
age 16+

16 and up.

Killer Elite is an average action movie stars with jason statham clive owen and robert de niro and this movie is only for your older teens but parents you need to know that killer elite has plenty of non-stop violence and in one scene a character is shown having sex with a women but nothing explicit shown there is strong language used and some drinking and smoking used.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (6):

Directed by Gary McKendry, 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. The action stuff is pitched to the lowest common denominator, using reckless, ramshackle shaky-cam to document the painstaking choreography. Meanwhile, the drama sometimes doesn't make sense; both Hunter and Spike's characters seem haphazardly thrown in, and it sometimes feels like extra scenes were written and added in at the last second to accommodate their star power.

Part of the time, it seems as if the movie (which is based on a book by the adventurer Ranulph Fiennes) is interested in getting audiences to think about the world's pathological dependence on oil and the extreme measures nations will take to get their hands on it. But at other times, the movie asks audiences not to think at all and just enjoy the ride. It's an uneven mix, though it still delivers in fits and starts.

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