Righteous Kill (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>2</span>/5

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Tue Sep 23 2008

De Niro. Pacino. Together again at last. Well, you can stop salivating right this minute because this first reunion for the two key Hollywood actors of their generation since the diner scene in Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’ puts them in the sort of schlocky crime flick which would have gone straight to video had it not been for their involvement. Aptly cast as two weary NYPD detectives on the verge of retirement, the two play to a good cop/bad cop template, as Al (a sprightly 68) delivers concerned emollience and Bob (a fit 65) parades his anger-management issues in the face of a serial-killer investigation where evidence suggests a police insider enacting their own brand of justice on sundry scumbags. As the procedural moves along entirely functional lines, inserts of grainy faux-video footage shows Bob confessing to said slayings…

Forget any pretensions to moral complexity, this dispiriting affair is more a matter of tired plot-spinning, vainly trying to disguise a blatantly predictable final ‘twist’. It offers the two stars plenty of screen-time together, yet gives them only low-voltage banter to work with. Admittedly, they’ve both been worse; Pacino tones down the windmilling arms and volatile intonation, while De Niro produces some variation on his recent rictus smirk, but there’s little here apart from a few grace notes and sly asides to suggest former heavyweights at work. They look like jobbing veteran actors picking up another payday in some routine cop filler, and Avnet’s busily clueless direction offers them and the clunky writing little help. Pacino. De Niro. It’s over.

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15

UK release:

Fri Sep 26, 2008

Duration:

100 mins

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Ron Zorro

How could I go wrong renting a movie with Pacino and DeNiro? Well, I did. These are great actors? They played themselves in this film. Just too cool for words. Not for me though. If you have nothing else to do on a Saturday night maybe you would want to watch this schlock. It was terrible.

John

I am a huge Pacino fan (got everything he has done on video/dvd) but I could not take this movie seriously as the two leads were too old for the parts they were playing as was Brian Dennehy who played their boss. I am not being ageist I am 52 but seeing DeNiro having rough sex with his much younger lover and Pacino with his motor bike and a couple of leggy blondes just to prove how virile they were was a bit sad. The plot was easy to work out and the film would not get the exposure it did without the participation of these legends I will be happy to be as fit and active as these guys when I am their age but unfortunately they just looked so much older than everyone round about them.

critique

Very average police thriller, enlivened by the two screen legends, clearly not in Heat`s class but nowhere near as bad as some reviewers have enjoyed painting it.

SHE

I am surprised by the really negative comments. Admittedly I did see the twist and the ending was not about big fireworks, however, I love Pacino and De Niro and I was gripped by the film, despite knowing the twist. There isn't much effort to hide the twist and I think the film is carried by atmosphere and tension as you watch it all unravel. I liked it and definitely think it was worth watching.

Jimbo

Compared to what's out at the moment, this is pretty good. OK maybe the plot and the script don't deserve the grace and favour of top actors like De Niro and Pacino but they are as good as they've ever been and really lift the film off its ass. Sliightly ropey in places but keeps you gripped and worth seeing.

usman khawaja

this movie had no plot and both the actors were flagging their dead ogoes -my girlfriend and me got so bored with IT ,we walked out -NYPD must be a really morbid and sick place to employ these buffoons as detectives -Mark Holcomb was dead right

Andy Stevenson

Really not as bad as many make out. Ok, the finale was a touch weak, and the two leads have wrinkles aplenty, but their performances were very sparky, the mood of the film well delivered and the premise pretty good. I've seen a lot worse, notably the recent 'Street Kings' and the awful 'Lucky Number Sleven', and this, for Al and Bobby, really isn't too bad an effort. Worth seeing, and a great supporting cast as well.

PK

I am just grateful that I listened to the advice of my family and ignored the critics reviews. De Niro and Pacino still have big screen presence and worked intuitively well together. The film had a genuine tension throughout, good atmosphere, and some great satire. Perhaps the ending was not as predictable as stated in earlier reviews as the three of us viewing today arrived at different conclusions until the final plot unveiling. The film is recommended and I would also recommend that the above negative comments are ignored.

PK

I am just grateful that I listened to the advice of my family and ignored the critics reviews. De Niro and Pacino still have big screen presence and worked intuitively well together. The film had a genuine tension throughout, good atmosphere, and some great satire. Perhaps the ending was not as predictable as stated in earlier reviews as the three of us viewing today arrived at different conclusions until the final plot unveiling. The film is recommended and I would also recommend that the above negative comments are ignored.

Kester

No Londoner should go to see this movie for one simple reason: the tag line "there's nothing wrong with a little shooting, as long as the right people get shot." After de Menezes, with gun and knife crime up, we don't need this barrel-scraping sh*t from Hollywood. Piss off back to LA and make something decent.