Film Review: Elite (2017)

If you are looking for a film that should have been shot on video in 1992, but was actually released just this year, you may be looking for Elite. From writer/director Mark Cantu comes a film that the action throwback fan in all of us would appreciate.

With that being said, there are plenty of people out there that would very quickly dismiss this film if they came across it on Netflix. The acting is sub par and the effects work is pretty cheesy. This, of course, is exactly what the collectors of films like Deadly Prey and Hired to Kill are looking for though. While the horror throwback is at peak popularity right now, maybe the action throwback was just the next genre in line.

I’m not sure how I feel about bringing back the nineties…well I kinda do. Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme did everything for my thirteen year old self that they could do for my thirty-three year old self. So bring it the fuck on. I’m down with Elite, and I’ll even watch it again. I found it to be funny as shit, for all of the same reasons that horror fans return to absurd splatter films like Violent Shit.

Now, if you haven’t heard of any of the films, action or horror, mentioned in this short review, you may have no business checking out this film. This is because you will have no idea what you are getting into. When you walk into a film like this, you need to be prepared for absurdity and homage. Both are things of which I am a huge fan. I think lots of people will have a great time with this film, if they only give it a chance. So whether you are an eighties splatter expert, nineties cheese connoisseur, or a new age hipster that likes to make fun of low budget films without understanding what goes into creating them, then you should give this one a chance.

I will even take back my previous statement and say that this film should hold the interest of the random Netflix viewer. Some will watch it because they will find it too bad to ignore. Some will happily turn the ridiculous acting and gunfighting sequences into a drinking game. Some will take it in for nostalgia’s sake and realize that sitting through Under Siege one hundred times as a kid wasn’t that damaging to their mind after all. I found myself becoming all four of these people while I was watching; so, check it out and find out which one you are.



Author: Steven Paul

Born and raised in Michigan, slowly dying in Florida. I'm here to keep you informed about everything in the world of indie horror. I also specialize in all genres of exploitation, cult, and extreme cinema. As part owner and Editor of Film and Television for Beneath the Underground, it is my responsibility to provide vast amounts of information for the horror fan and an outlet for the filmmaker.

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