Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective.Written by
Two Academy Award winners Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Al Pacino (Scent of a Woman) star as a pair of veteran New York detectives tracking down a serial killer.
You have two screen legends and a competent director Jon Avnet. Although both De Niro and Pacino appeared in the Godfather part two and Heat, this film brings them together for a full feature. However, the leads left it little late, Pacino especially looks a too little old for some of his characters actions.
Avnet also directed 88 minutes, although I found it an enjoyable Pacino yarn, critics unjustly panned the film. Unfortunately, Avnet doesn't deliver with Righteous Kill, it appears to have an uneven basic script reminiscent of an 80's cop show. The film is badly edited in places and it comes to something where 50 Cent steals the show as the drug baron club owner. Supporting cast including John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg who do a surprising good job but you can't help thinking that maybe the roles should have be switched with De Niro and Pacino appearing less, to give the film a back bone and put Leguizamo and Wahlberg in the forefront.
With an overdrawn final showdown you left wanting something more fulfilling. Overall, watch if your a fan of De Niro and Pacino or just for curiosity.
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