There are so many things going wrong in this trailer we don’t know where to begin. How about the non-ironic use of (a cover version of) the Scorpions “Rock You Like A Hurricane”? How about a moustache as an audience indicator that someone is a bad guy? Since when did Robert De Niro get relegated to barely noteworthy supporting actor? All these things and a gratuitous butt shot are present in the trailer for “The Killer Elite.”
Playing like a mashup of every Jason Statham movie you’ve ever seen, this time he plays the world’s most skilled special-ops agent (obviously) who comes out of self-imposed exile to put together a team to rescue his former mentor played by De Niro. They will face off against Clive Owen who plays the villain and his cadre of baddies known under the sinister(?) name “The Feather Men.” Now cue up Statham doing the exact same stunts he’s done in “The Transporter,” “The Mechanic,” “Crank,” “War” and whatever else. Zzzzz. You’ve seen this movie already. Twice.
Anyway, if you’re still holding out hope that somehow it might be different or that De Niro’s presence might be worth something, you can check it out when it opens on September 23rd. Trailer below.