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Righteous Kill (2008)

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Two veteran New York City detectives work on a case of serial executions of criminals who escaped justice.

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Turk and Rooster, two aging NYPD detectives and longtime partners, are hunting a serial killer who is murdering sociopathic criminals. They both have personal issues, and when they start working with a younger investigative team, Perez and Riley, tensions between the two teams is inevitable, especially since Turk is now living with Perez's ex-girlfriend, also a homicide detective. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Rated R for violence, pervasive language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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12 September 2008 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,288,361 (USA) (14 September 2008)

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$40,081,410 (USA)
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Overture Films paid a little over $12 million US dollars for the American distribution rights, beating out Warner Bros. Pictures and Universal Pictures, who also put in bids of over $10 million. See more »

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Club 404 is alternatively referred to as being at 184th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, and being in Harlem. 184th and St. Nicholas is in Washington Heights, north of Harlem. See more »

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Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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Like Lennon and McCartney... sure, if not with the best director
12 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Righteous Kill is a kind of prototypical modern cop thriller that has the intonations of a neo-noir mixed in with some iconic figures. The script, in a way, is much better than I might have thought, and the actors- stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, in a film technically for the third time and for the first time technically in the frame for more than a few seconds (a pressure obviously from those who whined about their bit at the diner in Heat) as well as the likes of Brian Denehey and Carla Gugino- do their best to make it an entertaining ride. And for all of its recycled elements and plot turns and tough-guy take-no-s*** dialog, it's a fun ride for what it's worth as far as substance goes. You want to see what will happen with these two veteran cop characters as they delve deeper into this killer case (somewhat ripped off from Magnum Force, or something like that in terms of the victims), and what the "twist" will ultimately be.

For those who might think it tired or stiff, I wouldn't put any real blame on the stars, or even Gerwitz's (flawed) screenplay, which does occasionally pull off dark and funny banter and some coarse dialog and action and thrills to the degree that one saw in his Inside Man script. The problem mostly was the direction; Jon Avnet is not a visionary, nor is he a really well-suited neo-noir director. He's just a competent technician (if not veerying close to outright hack) enough to dig up a few potent bits or visual touches, and mostly tries to make the film "hip" and "fresh" and "inventive" with the approach to style in the flashbacks, and he doesn't possibly bypass the pitgalls in Gerwitz's script. What is pleasing, ultimately, about the picture is that it's not bad at all, and is actually a good movie. But with characters played by near generational icons dubbed in the film as "like Lennon and McCartney", this isn't quite up to their previous snuff together. They deserve just a little better with the likes of Godfather 2 and Heat to their previous collaborations.


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