Despite this, The Killer Elite was a film that had a surprising amount of presence in my youth, entirely in the form of my dad telling me about it all the fuckin’ time.
He made it sound pretty cool, always making sure to point out how graphic the violence was for the era; a trademark of Peckinpah’s style.
The funny part is, my dad’s taste in movies has proven to be more than a little hit and miss over the years, so in all honesty; I really don’t know if The Killer Elite was actually a good movie, or just one that he remembered being good.
Below is an example of a film my dad remembered being quite a bit better than it actually was:
Anyway, as you might have guessed, given the ongoing trend of Hollywood, and the very recent trend in Jason Statham’s career; The Killer Elite is getting the remake treatment, though for whatever reason the “The” in the title has been axed.
Oh well, at least they didn’t “streamline” the title down to an acronym or some shit.
Fuckin’ rebranding bullshit…
*ANYWAY* from what I can tell from the trailer, the movie involves a 70’s porno-stached Clive Owen wanting to kidnap/kill/have kinky bondage sex with Jason Statham, and in-between it all Robert De Niro gets dragged into things and mayhem ensues.
While the remake will no doubt have difficulty measuring up to the original, but in terms of straight-up mindless fun factor; I’d like to think it looks pretty solid.
Think about it:
You have Jason Statham hitting people.
You have Clive Owen and his dirty mustache hitting people.
The only thing that could make it better is if everybody in the cast had dirty porno staches.
I wouldn’t count on that happening, but one can hope…
I’ve always said that any film that features Liam Neeson punching someone is worth my time, (Gangs of New York being the sole exception) and while Bobbie D isn’t at all an analogue for the lanky Irishman; truth be told I think the novelty actually carries more weight given the awesomeness of the man that is Bobbie D.
If Bobbie D can do half of the above, I will be satisfied with Killer Elite.
Truth be told, if the movie ends up being little more than a handful of people shooting at and punching each other, I honestly wouldn’t mind.
Action movies tend to get cluttered these days with melodrama and extraneous ancillary characters, which is part of why I think old fashioned manhunt/man vs. man movies will always hold a certain degree of appeal.
A big dumb action movie need not have an epic “save the world” plot.
Sometimes all you need is a handful of people with beef, and a story that lets them do horrible things to each for 2 hours.
Anyway, this one is probably going to suck hard, and barely make a splash at the box-office; but truth be told, I might go see it.
Hell, it’s not every day you get to see Bobbie D beat the shit out of someone with his bare hands.
Most of the time he prefers to use a Mag Lite: