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
When Al Pacino is asked by the psychiatrist what he would do if he retired, Rooster answers "I don't know, buy a boat." In the movie, Donnie Brasco, Al Pacino plays Lefty, who has an affinity for boats, and wants one he cannot afford. Near the end of the movie, Donny Brasco asks Pacino if he had his boat would he sail away & leave organized crime. See more »
When Turk and Rooster are in the church (near the beginning after the weapon has been planted) the harsh key light (sun ray from window) comes from stage right. When they cut to the close up it comes from stage left. See more »
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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