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Killer Elite | 2011 | R | - 7.8.10

Based on a true story circa 1980, it relates the story of a covert operation to kill the murderers of a Sheik's three sons. The complication is that they are all highly trained SAS operatives and the Sheik is demanding a recorded confession, as well as proof of their death. With Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, Yvonne Strahovski, Dominic Purcell and Firass Dirani. Directed by Gary McKendry. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - A man and a woman have sex: the woman is seen wearing a bra (bare shoulders and cleavage are visible), she's on top of the man, she kisses him a few times, she leans back and her bare breast is exposed when her bra shifts; they are then interrupted (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
 A man unties the bikini top of a woman (her bare breasts are revealed), she makes a suggestive remark and he chases her into the house (sex is implied). We hear a woman giggling and then moaning and a man moans as he climaxes (no sex or nudity is seen, only heard).
 A woman is shown wearing a bikini poolside. Men are shown wearing swim trunks in a beach scene and their bare chests and backs are visible. We see part of a man's bare chest when his shirt is open and he has bandages wrapped around his ribs. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and upper back. A woman wears a thin-strapped nightgown that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders. A woman is shown wrapped in a sheet and her bare shoulders and back and legs are visible. We see numerous male and female mannequins in a storeroom and breasts, buttocks, chests and backs are visible.
 A man and a woman kiss in several scenes. A man flirts with a woman while walking through an airport and tries to find out where she is staying; we see them later hugging in a hotel swimming pool (the woman is wearing a bikini and the man is bare-chested). A man and a woman hold hands and hug. A man looks at a woman with a suggestive facial expression, and the woman smiles coyly and looks away. A man walks with two women flanking him and he has his hands on their respective clothed buttocks as they climb a flight of stairs. After a man was killed, another man says, "I'll have a hooker for him, he'll like that."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man stabs another man in the eye with a paint brush handle, the man screams and we see a lot of blood; the other man wraps a plastic sheet around the wounded man's head and holds him until he dies (we see more blood on the plastic and on the killer's hand).
 A car driving down a road explodes, it flips over, the car behind it swerves to avoid crashing into it, another car blocks the road so the second car cannot get away, a man with a gun shoots around and inside the car (we see men being struck and blood spurts) and stops just before shooting a young child that's also in the car (the child's face is splattered with blood); police open fire and the man is shot in the arm and falls to the ground (we see blood on his sleeve) while another man shoots at the police.
 A man drives on a highway, a truck swerves in front of him and across the road, and the car slams into the side of the truck killing the driver (we see blood on the windshield as his head breaks through it). A man shoots another man in the leg, and another man in the shoulder (we see blood spray and pool) and then shoots him again killing him. A man with a gun pushes another man to his knees and another man raises a sledgehammer over his head; we do not see the blow but we see the man dead on the floor with a large pool of blood surrounding his head and one of the attackers is shown wiping blood off his glasses (he is heavily spattered with blood). A man kicks another man that is trying to force him into a van; he runs away and attempts to steal a car, runs into a highway and is struck by a truck (we see his very bloody and twisted body later).
 While a man describes the murders of his three sons, we see the act played out: A car flips over and a man standing nearby is shot (we hear that he was shot in front of his family), another man is shot at point blank range while holding his bloody hand up, and the third is shot in the back as he runs away. Two men fight and struggle over a gun, one man is head-butted in the nose (we see his bloody nose), and a third man picks up the gun and shoots, killing both of the other men (they fall to the ground and we see them later covered with a lot of blood).
 A man opens a door and it explodes throwing him back and onto the floor (he seems OK); another man steps on his chest. A man is tied to a chair and beaten, another man kicks the chair over and stomps on his chest, they fight and another man joins the fight; one man is shot (we see blood spurt) and falls to the floor while another man jumps through a window, crashes onto a truck and drops onto a street where he is nearly struck by a car, he steals a car and speeds away (we see his very bloody face).
 A man throws a coffee pot at another man that is holding a gun on him, the gunman shoots the other man in the leg (we se blood spurt) and then shoots three more times (the man lies motionless). A man is shot in the leg, blood spurts and he falls to the floor (we see blood soaking his pant leg). A man stabs another man in the side twice (we hear crunching).
 A man runs on rooftops, he is shot at, a pipe explodes and flames shoot out, the man falls over the roof and hangs from a ledge, jumps and continues running, he is shot at again, jumps through a construction curtain, crashes through scaffolding and is held at gunpoint by another man. A man runs through a desert while being chased by men in a car, he shoots at the car, jumps into a hole in the ground, the men in the car get out and shoot into the hole, they jumps into the hole and chase him on foot; the man disturbs a hornet's nest and the other men are swarmed (one man is shown later with welts on his body from stings).
 Two men fight in a hospital supply room: they punch and kick each other, one man is thrown into a glass cabinet and glass shatters, they knee each other in the stomach, one man is struck in the head with a glass bottle and kicked while he is on the floor, one man chokes the other, one man pushes his thumb into the other man's eye, one man holds the other in a chokehold and he bites his arm, one man stabs the other with a pair of scissors (he pulls them out and yells), and one man slashes at the other with a blade and he is punched hard in the groin (he collapses to the floor incapacitated). A man beats up three men on a street after they key his car: he punches and kicks them and throws one man on the ground until he is pulled away by another man. A man hits another man in the face and takes his gun when breaking another man out of a jail; the two men shoot at armed guards (several men are shot dead), and one man kicks a door open and they are faced with two more men holding guns on them. A man with a bag over his head is punched several times in the face (we see his bloody mouth and nose later and he spits blood).
 A woman is pulled off a man (they are having sex), the man is dragged out of bed and held at gunpoint, he is struck in the face with the gun (we see a bit of blood) and taken to a van. A man head-butts another man, kicks another man in the crotch and throws a gun at a third one hitting him in the head. A man with a knife prepares to attack another man; the other man surprises him and punches him repeatedly, leaving him still on the floor.
 A car T-bones another car, the driver gets out and shoots into the other car disabling it (the passengers are not shot). Two men, each in a car, speed through a parking lot and a street nearly running down several people; one car hits an oncoming car, then swerves and continues chasing the other car. A man gets into a car with two other men, wraps the seat belt around the neck of one man and holds a gun to the head of the other; he tells them both to get out of the car and he drives away.
 Two men spar in a boxing ring and one punches the other in the stomach causing him to fall to his knees.
 A man kicks the power cord of a jukebox, silencing the music. A man throws things off a table and breaks the glass top with his foot. A man throws a bottle into the air and shoots it shattering the bottle; he then gives the gun to a woman who shoots into the air several times and misses the bottle. A woman fires a shotgun in the air as a New Year's celebration. Two men take target practice with handguns.
 A man grabs a butcher knife from a kitchen, searches a house, and finds his girlfriend in bed with a bullet in her hair (she is not harmed). A man receives a photograph of a kidnapped man and becomes upset (we see the man holding up a newspaper). We read about the death of a man in the newspaper. We hear about the deaths of three men in television reports.
 We see a wounded man's very bloody hand and arm. We see a scar on a man's face and we hear that he "had his eye shot out." We see a sick man hooked up to IVs in a few scenes. A man vomits after shooting two men (we see goo splatter on ground from a distance and we hear distant gagging).
 A man holds a gun on another man while another man ties him into a chair and the gunman makes threats. Two men with guns threaten another man. A man tells another man that his boss is going to cut off the man's genitals and shove them in his mouth (using crude terms). A man threatens to shove a bottle in another man's rectum (using crude terms).
 A man talks about a "killing club." A man says that the only way to wash the blood of his murdered sons away is to shed the blood of the murderers. A man says, "These camel jockeys have diseases…" A man talks about another man being "dropped in front of his family." A man says, "killing is easy, it's living with it that's hard." A man talks about a life of "Hooters and blow."
 A man makes reference to a food dish another man is eating and identifies it as Iguana meat (the man stops eating). A man tosses something to another man and it is hard to tell what it is; it is red and the man makes a comment about "eating it."
 A man burns a yellow jacket with a cigarette. A falcon with a leather hood on its head is seen in a few scenes and it squawks. A man marching in extreme conditions stumbles and falls to the ground (we hear that he died from exposure).


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LANGUAGE 10 - About 50 F-words and its derivatives, 2 sexual references, 28 scatological terms, 11 anatomical terms, 22 mild obscenities, name-calling (camel jockeys, rag head, a real killer, cupcakes, geasers, silly, juice junky, buggars, cheeky, wanker, fake, phony, hot shot, nuts, crazy, psycho, dumb, idiots, spook), exclamations (bloody, shut up), 4 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man pours a drug into another man's tea and the man drinks it. Men and women are shown drinking alcohol in a pub (some seem inebriated and are singing loudly), military men are shown drinking cans of presumably beer while at a cookout, and a man and a woman drink wine. Military men are shown smoking cigarettes, men smoke cigarettes in numerous scenes, a man smokes a cigarette, a man smokes a pipe, and a water pipe is shown in a room (not being used).


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mercenaries, SAS, covert operations, oil, economic crises, poverty, murder, killer instincts, duty, war, Oman, illegal activity, fear, deniability, secret societies.

MESSAGE - Wars never really end. There are no real good guys in war. It's hard to walk away from a violent life.

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