It’s been over ten years since the stars have lined up & we once again have arguably the two greatest american actors of the 20th century come together to do a film Al Pacino & Robert Deniro. Unlike Heat this time they are compadre’s in John Avnet’s Righteous Kill. I have been waiting a long time for this to come out being a huge fan of Avnet’s work he made one of my favorite films “Less Than Zero".
A serial killer walks the streets of New york City putting a target on criminals who have fallen through the cracks of the justice system. All the victims are suspected felons whose bodies are found with a poetic note only four lines long justifying the killing. The murderers mission is what the cops do on their own rid the streets of criminals for good. When the kingpin pimp becomes the killers victim highly respected detectives Turk & Rooster are called in to solve the case. This one could be the biggest of their careers with help from a local dealer they follow what little clues they come across. As the investigation gets deeper not everything appears as it seems & they realize the killer may be one of their own.
Pacino & Deniro give an incredible performance as two loyal cops torn between friendship & morality. Surprisingly Curtis Jackson aka (50 Cent) does a decent job as head drug dealer. The film plays on just about every human emotion from loyalty to betrayal. A very pyschological roller coaster ride with suspense along the way.