REVIEW: Righteous Kill

Righteous Kill
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
50 Cent

Two of Hollywood’s best star in a movie that’s unfortunately quite mediocre.

Both Pacino and De Niro play New York City Police Detectives who’ve gained plenty of experience in their jobs.

A new case comes up that challenges the officers, though, in a serial killer who’s murdering other criminals in the Big Apple. After some research, the two conclude that the suspect must be a cop, and the result is some friction with the force.

“Righteous Kill” is an average at best cop drama held up only by its two leading stars. The movie delivers hardly any substance or style, with both the story and visuals lacking in any sort of depth. It’s just the prototypical murder mystery in a city setting that offers no flare.

Along with rather weak writing, the picture features a mystery that’s all to easy to solve. By the end of the first act, the picture produces enough easy to spot clues that can lead a person to figure out who the culprit is.

With all that said, though, it’s still great to see De Niro and Pacino on screen together. As previously stated, these two are the glue holding this together and they show that they still have some solid acting talent. The chemistry between the two makes for a believable cop partnership, too.

Unfortunately, the rest of the cast doesn’t particularly deliver. The rapper 50 Cent for example, is horribly miscast.

“Kill” is your average crime drama and offers nothing particularly new to the genre. If not for its two lead stars, this would have been bargain bin material. 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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