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Righteous Kill Review

Billed as the big reunion of De Niro and Pacino this movie falls far short of doing either justice. It’s not a bad movie – it just feels like it would be more at home as a direct to DVD release… or even a TV movie.

For a start, De Niro and Pacino both sleepwalk through their roles – as they have done for a number of previous movies. It’s obvious they are only in it for the paychecks these days. That said, these two on a bad day will still outclass some of today’s stars. Ultimately it’s the writing and direction that let this down. It’s simply a weak story.

The plot is really just a simple good cop / bad cop story, and the twist can be seen coming from a mile away. Detectives Turk and Rooster have had an illustrious career and partnerhsip, but the planting of evidence on a child abuser who is about to walk changes things. Cue scenes of the cop being judge, jury and executioner – and that’s the bulk of the film.

The supporting cast don’t have much to do, but all are pretty good. Brian Denehey, John Lugiazamo, Carla Gugino and even 50 Cent can at least say they’ve acted with De Niro and Pacino 🙂

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are some of the great actors of our times. Both appeared in Godfather Part 2 and Heat to excellent reviews, but never shared much screen time together. And that’s what makes this such a disappointment. I’d love them to get together in a new, meatier film – perhaps with Scorcese at the helm! – but if the pay is good for easy films like this sadly I can’t see it happening. I don’t think they have the hunger anymore.

Then again, Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, and other such veterans still prove they have the acting chops – so here’s hoping!

Rating: 7 / 10 – Both actors can still hack it, but this film feels lazy. Entertaining enough for a Saturday night in.

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