Righteous Kill is a cop flick that brings together Hollywood giants Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
The movie starts with Turk (De Niro) and Rooster (Pacino) shooting at targets, playing chess and lifting weights. Oh, they’re best buddies and idolise each other. They’re top cops with New York’s Homicide Division and want to solve one last big case before they retire.
There’s a serial killer on the loose, who is sweeping clean the city of hardened criminals who have somehow managed to escape punishment. These criminals who have walked free after committing heinous crimes like murder, rape, sodomy must be brought to book, and the killer is doing a very good job of it.
He makes it a point to leave a gun and a note at the scene of the murder. The note contains a four-sentence poem, justifying the slaying and is the only link the police department has to all the killings.
Our heroes think it’s brilliant what this guy is doing, and want to award him a medal, but right after they arrest him.
Eventually, the police realise the killer is and has to be a cop, because of the pattern of the killings, and De Niro is the suspect. De Niro makes little effort to deny this, while best buddy Al Pacino, also on the same case, is on De Niro’s side and refuses to accept De Niro can misuse his gun in any way.
Meanwhile, the rest of the department is fast closing in on De Niro…
The combination of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino disappoints, mainly because the expectations are too high. When you get these two powerhouses together, you expect a mindblowing product, but the chemistry between the two is zilch. Even how thick they are as friends isn’t established very well, but by way of showing them as back-thumping pals who are always hanging out with each other.
De Niro-Pacino are wasted in Righteous Kill
The biggest problem with this movie is neither of the actors gets under the skin of the their respective characters. Turk and Rooster are too busy playing Robert De Niro and Al Pacino and having a blast in general. There are plenty of smart/witty lines but instead of adding to the film, it just makes things look forced.
In fact, it would’ve actually been fun if they’d shown the serial killings properly, instead of just some random dude being shot.
The movie could’ve been paced better (slow down!) and there isn’t really any major twist in this trying-hard-to-effortlessly-impress flick till the last 15 minutes of the movie.
Curtis Jackson (50 Cent to you), Carla Gugino and John Leguizamo actually seem to be serious about ‘acting’ in this overhyped attempt.
There is nothing wrong with the story and it could’ve made for a decent movie, had it not had Al Pacino and Robert De Niro because they’re not really ‘acting’ in it.
Maybe, they did it for fun, as something to laugh about when they’re older…even older.
Watch this movie only if you’re dying to see the Pacino-De Niro combination, but seriously the movie does nothing that comes even close to what the two have accomplished in their fantastic careers. If you’re expecting an explosion or even sparks, there’s a very good chance you will come out feeling cheated.
Righteous Kill is a cop flick that brings together Hollywood giants Robert De Niro and Al Pacino…and wastes their talents.
(From my Buzz18 reviews)