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Police Thriller with Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino

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Is it possible for De Niro and Pacino to strike out?

  • Feb 7, 2009
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Not entirely, but their age is beginning to show. When these two mega-stars sign on for the same film, blockbuster is usually the result. It's no secret that these actors never leave anything on the table and use their full arsenal to deliver acting performances that few, if any, other actor can duplicate. So if these two actors can't produce a masterpiece, where does the problem lay? Think of it like this - If you give Michelangelo a slab of marble he'll produce David; give him a slab of wood, and...well, there is only so much he can do. So the script must be where the problem lies.

Turk and Rooster are detectives for the NYPD, who just don't have the heart needed to chase the criminal elements anymore. It all begins....well, the movie never really tells...when a scum bag child murderer escapes being brought to justice due to a technicality, so Turk plants evidence to get this creep behind bars. But this has unforeseen circumstances - botched evidence and false arrests. But decades after the incident, a serial killer has emerged who hunts down and kills criminals who escaped prosecution due to technicalities. So Turk and Rooster are assigned to the case. But wait, their captain doesn't feel these two elder police detectives can handle the case without help.

Enter the less experienced detectives John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg who begin to suspect a rogue cop is behind the murders....especially when a certain criminal is found dead. I'll leave it there...as any further in the story might reveal something and spoil it for you. So the plot sounds like an exciting police thriller that snatches you in from the beginning and won't release you until it ends, right? So why only three stars? It's simple. The movie fails to develop any of the characters to any level that invites you into the story. And believe me when I tell you, there were plenty of opportunities to do so. But it's not just the characters that are lacking, the plot, the investigations, and everything else takes a back seat to the interaction between De Niro and Pacino...and while they do feed well of each other...it hurts the overall film experience.
(2008) Film Starring: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino

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February 09, 2009
Yeah, the whole film felt like a forced collaboration, something of a credibility sell. The sad part of it is, while the story itself is very intriguing, as you said, it all becomes irrelevant because of the focus on De Niro and Pacino being...well... De Niro and Pacino. Personally, if I were to cast these two in a film now, at their ages, it would be more along the lines of "retiring military commander/major De Niro initiates a botched secret mission to capture infamous drug baron Pacino as a last-ditch effort at earned credibility, but the failure sends De Niro over the edge and causes him to personally attempt to hunt down Pacino himself". Something like that, anyway. Pitting the two fierce personalities against each other mostly through light action and intense confrontations...not to spoil the film, but it was stuff like that (the ending) that really excited me the most.
February 09, 2009
nice write up and I couldn't agree with you more!
February 08, 2009
Interesting! Sounds like they're essentially casting DeNiro and Pacino in an episode of "Law&Order SVU"!
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review by . January 12, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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The last time I watched my two favorite iconic actors was in the blockbuster hit "HEAT" and of course, I was drawn to director Jon Avnet's "RIGHTEOUS KILL"--although, I was keeping my expectations really low. The film has a very interesting premise and has the makings of an effective police drama, unfortunately the screenplay by Russell Gerwitz appears to have been hampered by a "gimmick" in the form of a video taped confession. Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) are two cops, with  …
review by . May 05, 2009
Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro play two long-time NYC detectives who have been partners for years. DeNiro's Turk has a hair-trigger temper and definite issues with anger management. He's counterbalanced by Pacino's Rooster who's an easygoing, funloving guy. Both are tracking a serial killer who's murdering criminals who have not been convicted due to technicality glitches. The investigation points to a cop (this brought up by Rooster) which Turk adamantly refuses to believe. Brian Dennehy (another …
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