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Drama - Police

Righteous Kill (2008)

Duration1h 41m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: PG, Denmark 
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorJon Avnet
Writers/ScriptRussell Gewirtz
StarringRobert De Nero, Al Pacino, Carla Gugino, 50 Cent, John Leguizamo, Donnie Wahlberg, Brian Dennehy, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.0 by 85,384 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 18% by 147 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: A couple of veteran detectives Turk and Rooster are investigating a spate of assassinations of known criminals and child abusers, all by similar hand guns which are left on the murder site. Turk is a man with a short fuse and is in a relationship with a much younger female police officer, once the girfriend of another detective who is also on the same murder case. Rooster is a calmer man, often restraining Turk from extreme actions. As the two progress towards a possible solution one of them seems to be in the frame for the murders. What to do?

Content: If I said there was sex between Robert De Nero and Carla Gugino I would not be telling the truth. The activity is implied, not with much conviction.  So throughout the film there are brief shots of Turk apparently confessing to the murders on a security camera. He and Rooster stumble about mostly in darkness, viewing the bodies of the victims, beign told off by their captain and arguing with the two other detectives on the case. There are a few scenes of shoot outs with hand guns and…no, that’s it!

A View:  The Rotten Tomatoes rating says it all. This was pretty bad film. It got an award form the most inappropate pairing of actors, De Nero at 68 and Gugino at 37. In a previous movie she had played his daughter. Both the superstars have said that this was a film they would rather forget about, and actually I feel the same way, except that I have not added $20 million or so to my bank account. So really not a watch except while doing you knitting.

Additional Info: The Times included it in their list of 100 worst films of 2008.

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