Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, Carla Gugino
Genre:Crime | Drama | Mystery
Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives who have been longtime partners are faced with a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the pairs of partners is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective.
Righteous Kill brings Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino back together again, they also appeared in The Godfather 2 and Heat together. This time around they both play cops. These two veteran actors have mastered their art over the years and once again both are fantastic playing off one another as the good cop,bad cop plot. The film itself doesn't rank up among their best work but I really wasn't expecting it to but some of you out there might. This is a typical film in the genre and not a lot more, the story is pretty predictable, its a straight ahead crime drama that I felt missed being a great film considering the cast involved. The problem is in the script, like I said before the story is predictable but there was some other flaws as well like in character development, I found it hard to care about any one in the film good or bad. I am not saying that this is a total bomb but without a doubt, the film's best element is the acting. Pacino and Deniro are worth the price alone and most people out there will be sure to enjoy it. It seems we continue to lose many of our onscreen legends so it is nice to see these two still plugging away and doing it with such force. Righteous Kill is an average crime film that gets a lift from its amazing cast,there are a few twists along the way to keep you guessing on the film's outcome but the story fails at not being clever enough. I recommend this to any fan of the genre or more importantly its two giants. For them you cannot go wrong and it is the reason for the rating alone. The movie is available on DVD and BLUray and comes with Special Features that include:
The Investigation:An In-Depth Look at Righteous
Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Jon Avnet
The Thin Blue Line:An Exploraation of Cops and Criminals
Trailer Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment. *** 1/2 Out Of *****