That's not really the case.
Director: Gary McKendry
Stars: Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro
Second-tier Killer: Dominic Purcell
This trailer does a really good job at misrepresenting Killer Elite. It fooled me pretty bad. (The worst was Terminator: Salvation. I think the trailer is 10,000x better than the movie. For the record: I hate Terminator: Salvation.)
I wish someone would do something about phony trailers.
See, the actual plot of Killer Elite is: Statham and De Niro do a job, Statham gets upset because he kills a kid's dad in front of the kid. He retires. A year later he gets a package saying De Niro is a prisoner. De Niro is the prisoner of an Sheik. The Sheik is using De Niro to blackmail Statham into killing three British Special Air Service soldiers (an elite group) who had killed the Sheik's sons. He will also pay Statham 6 million dollars. Statham agrees, grabs two friends and starts the (methodical process of) assassinating.
Where does Clive Owen fit in? He works for a shadowy, upper echelon group of former SAS soldiers. There are rumors about former SAS operatives being targeted (by Statham) and Owen is in charge of protecting them.
There's a love story thrown in. There's guilt. When Statham says "A wars not over until both sides say it is" and smiles and the trailer cuts to him sweeping Owen's leg then front flipping onto Owen with the chair still strapped to his back (front-flip into sweet chair slam: +1) that's not how that scene unfolds. Statham actually says "A wars not over until both sides say it is, and I'm saying it's over." Statham doesn't want to kill anymore and is unhappy about killing for the entire movie.
All the action in the trailer is comprised of three scenes. One in the middle and two near the end. There's very little hand-to-hand combat. And De Niro does like...four things. In the trailer, De Niro says: "Listen, Danny is going to come back for me. And when he does, you're outta here. He's your worst nightmare." And they cross cut this so you think De Niro is talking to Owen. He's not. He's talking to some random guard in the Sheik's palace.
The plot of the trailer and the plot of the film are two totally different things. It's a shame. It happens. And it's always sad to me. I wish it would stop happening. I would say more but...I don't care. I've learned my lesson: don't pay attention to trailers.
What About You?
What trailers have gotten you unbelievably excited only for the movie to let you down so completely you feel the way Wile E. Coyote must feel about Acme products?
Did I Like It:
Is it a bad movie? Eh. I was bored at times. And I felt cheated because I kept comparing the movie to the trailer. But it wasn't awful. I like Statham, I like De Niro, and watching Clive Owen try so damn hard always entertains me. I thought there were a few cool moments and parts of the film had a pulse. With that said, I can't imagine voluntarily watching this movie again.
What It's Good For:
-if you have nothing to do
-not being as good as a Jet Li movie
-the cinematic equivalent to watching water boil
-not accurately portraying a true story
-a $1 rental
-Clive Owen trying really hard
-it's really slow
-I was bored a lot
-it hurts my head to think about
% Character / % Actor's personality
De Niro: 2/98
Owen: 75/25 (poor guy)
-Statham: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels; Snatch; The One; The Expendables
-De Niro: Godfather Pt. II; Raging Bull; Taxi Driver
-Owen: Children of Men; Bourne Identity; Sin City
-Movies whose trailers totally fuck with you: Terminator: Salvation; True Grit; Drive; The Adjustment Bureau