Conclusion: Although it is not a complete failure, 'The Killer Elite' struggles to keep its story of triumph over adversity and betrayal coherent with its bizarre governmental conspiracy storyline. The odd domesticity of Caan's rehabilitation and the ever-disheveled appearance of Burt Young fail to work against the backdrop of clandestine C.I.A. operations and global conspiracies.
Conclusion: The Killer Elite is not one of Sam Peckinpah's best films, but it is still quite entertaining. It attempts to impress in so many different ways that it becomes quite exotic, which is part of its charm. After years of having only a non-anamorphic DVD release of it, French label Wild Side Video's Blu-ray release is quite the revelation. It should make many fans of the American director and his work quite happy. RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: It may be sacrilege to admit this, but I found more to like about The Killer Elite and the made-for-TV Noon Wine than the much-heralded, high-minded films Sam Peckinpah made in between them.
Conclusion: The Killer Elite is one of those rare releases where a frankly problematic film is rescued (at least somewhat) by its curio value and some stellar supplementary material. This is far from Peckinpah's best, and in fact is a little depressing at times given how chaotic it all feels, but technical merits are very good to excellent (especially the video component), and as mentioned the supplements are first rate. Recommended . Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: In mijn review van de toch wel behoorlijk tegenvallende Killer Elite had ik het al kort over The Killer Elite uit 1975, een film met James Caan en Robert Duvall (die kort daarvoor ook al samen te zien waren in The Godfather en The Godfather: Part II , btw). Naast de vrijwel identieke titel zou de enige overeenkomst het schijnbaar incoherente verhaal zijn.