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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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Yevgeny Mugalat
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Las dos caras de la ley  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,288,361, 14 September 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,081,410

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,460,699
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Overture Films paid a little over twelve million dollars for the American distribution rights, beating out Warner Brothers Pictures and Universal Pictures, who also put in bids of over ten million dollars. See more »

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At the beginning, in the shooting gallery, the first targets being winched backwards alternate between intact and bullet-ridden. See more »

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[first lines]
Rooster: One, between the eye!
Turk: Two, between the eye!
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After the credits, the sound of a train is heard. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jude Law/Pearl Jam (2010) See more »

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Written by Timothy S Jones, Johnny Lee Schell
Published by Brevity Music, Inc.
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Good Acting, Very Weak Script
13 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Turk (Robert De Niro) and Rooster (Al Pacino) are longtime NYC police partners, in this Jon Avnet thriller that has them trying to stop an unknown serial killer, a person who leaves a poem at the scene of each crime. Victims are law-breakers who were freed on legal technicalities. Two other cops, played by John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, become suspicious of the investigation, and this hampers the efforts of Turk and Rooster.

The script on which the film is based is rather poor. The setup is muddled; none of the characters are especially sympathetic, and secondary characters are not well defined. Further, "Righteous Kill" is not that much different from other serial killer or urban crime films.

The mood here is dark, and the tone is rather cynical. Characters go out of their way to telegraph their toughness by using lots of "hard" language. There's an edginess to the characters, and that's okay. But I could have wished for a character with some degree of softness. That would have provided much needed balance to the overall tonal savagery.

Without a doubt, the film's best element is the acting. There's not a weak performance in the bunch. Of course, the focus is on De Niro and Pacino. This is really their film. And it's their camaraderie, their back and forth playful banter, that makes the film worth watching. Production design and costumes are credible. Color cinematography is generally dark, consistent with the story's mood.

In spite of a weak script, "Righteous Kill" does provide some good plot misdirection that will leave viewers unsure as to the story's outcome. But the film's main virtue is the casting of De Niro and Pacino, two contemporary screen legends whose performances here are quite good.


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