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Righteous Kill (2008)

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Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Turk
... Rooster
... Spider (as Curtis Jackson)
... Karen Corelli
... Det. Simon Perez
... Det. Ted Riley
... Hingis
... Jessica
... Gwen Darvis
... Stein
... Rogers
... Prosky
... Cheryl Brooks
... Martin Baum
... Yevgeny Mugalat
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Storyline

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 duke1029@aol.com

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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12 September 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Las dos caras de la ley  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,288,361, 14 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,081,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,460,699
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While staking out Turk (Robert De Niro) as a potential suspect, Riley (Donnie Wahlberg) and Perez (John Leguizamo) talk about Turk's marksmanship scores, remarking about his skill and accuracy while saying "Even Berkowitz put a hole in the Corinthian leather." This is a reference to David Berkowitz, also known as the "Son of Sam", who was a serial killer who targeted young women with dark hair. In the Spike Lee movie, Summer of Sam (1999), John Leguizamo starred as a resident in a movie about the infamous Son of Sam, real name of David Berkowitz, and his effect on the citizens of a small neighborhood in New York City. See more »

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When Turk and Rooster are sitting in Dennehy's office, Turk's left collar is protruding outside of his jacket lapel. On the next close up shot, the collar is back in place. See more »

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[first lines]
Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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Good Acting, Very Weak Script
13 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) are longtime NYC police partners, in this Jon Avnet thriller that has them trying to stop an unknown serial killer, a person who leaves a poem at the scene of each crime. Victims are law-breakers who were freed on legal technicalities. Two other cops, played by John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, become suspicious of the investigation, and this hampers the efforts of Turk and Rooster.

The script on which the film is based is rather poor. The setup is muddled; none of the characters are especially sympathetic, and secondary characters are not well defined. Further, "Righteous Kill" is not that much different from other serial killer or urban crime films.

The mood here is dark, and the tone is rather cynical. Characters go out of their way to telegraph their toughness by using lots of "hard" language. There's an edginess to the characters, and that's okay. But I could have wished for a character with some degree of softness. That would have provided much needed balance to the overall tonal savagery.

Without a doubt, the film's best element is the acting. There's not a weak performance in the bunch. Of course, the focus is on De Niro and Pacino. This is really their film. And it's their camaraderie, their back and forth playful banter, that makes the film worth watching. Production design and costumes are credible. Color cinematography is generally dark, consistent with the story's mood.

In spite of a weak script, "Righteous Kill" does provide some good plot misdirection that will leave viewers unsure as to the story's outcome. But the film's main virtue is the casting of De Niro and Pacino, two contemporary screen legends whose performances here are quite good.


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