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

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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