I had an opportunity in Atlanta this past summer to catch up on a few films that I had fallen behind on. This was one of them. As in Four Christmases(eseses), you have a cast here that could have made Gone With the Wind 2 if they had so chosen, but alas.
From the beginning of the film, you are told the end of the film. They dangle it in front of you like a carrot. Of course the carrot was stale in the first place, but you still want the dang carrot. The goodness of the film DEPENDS on it. What you need by the end of Righteous Kill is an explanation for why this event happened, and so as you reach for the carrot they snatch it away, throw it in a blender, pour it on the ground and scream, "GOTCHA!!!"
Heat 2 would have been nice come to think of it, but then there was the whole "dead-character-in-the-end" thing... but hey if they can clone Ripley...
De Niro and Pacino can only work with what they are given, and deep down I think they realized that they were only being given a PAYCHECK.
Gosh, I don't know. To be fair, it's not a terrible movie. Its just an impleasant experience, with non-gratifying results. Like a Hurricane. To quote Jeff Dunham, or more specifically Walter, "Oh, I get it. Exciting at first but ends in disaster."
Critics couldn't see it opening weekend. Take a clue, neither should you.